LS Elections 2019: BJP considering fielding Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Bhopal to take on Digvijaya Singh……

        The BJP is considering fielding former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan from Bhopal after the Congress announced Digvijaya Singh’s name from the parliamentary constituency for the Lok Sabha election 2019, party functionaries have said. The Congress had released its eighth list of 38 candidates for the April-May parliamentary election on Saturday, nominating Singh from Bhopal. The capital of Madhya Pradesh is considered as one of the safest seats for the BJP in the Lok Sabha with the party winning polls since 1989. The issue was discussed at a meeting of top leaders, including president of BJP’s Madhya Pradesh unit Rakesh Singh, former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, general secretary (organisation) Suhash Bhagat on Sunday, the functionaries said. “Digvijaya Singh is not a challenge for the BJP. He is a challenge for the Congress itself. The BJP will win with a huge margin again in the ensuing polls,” Rakesh Singh said later. The BJP wants to field a political heavyweight against Digvijaya Singh instead of any second or third rung leader to give a tough fight to Singh. The BJP’s Alok Sanjar had won the seat in 2014 Lok Sabha polls with a huge margin of 370,000 votes. Earlier, party veteran Kailash Joshi represented the seat for two terms.Chouhan, who has been a member of Parliament from Vidisha five times in a row from 1991 to 2004, is not willing to throw his hat in the ring in Bhopal, BJP leaders said. He wants to remain in the state assembly as a fractured mandate there can give a chance to the BJP to form a government, they said. If he has to contest he will like to fight from his erstwhile Lok Sabha seat of Vidisha, the leaders said. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is the BJP’s MP from Vidisha but she has announced her decision not to contest. “I will abide by the party’s decision in this regard. Digvijaya Singh is no challenge to the BJP. We will win,” Shivraj Singh Chouhan, however, said. A senior BJP leader, who didn’t want to be named, said the party is worried because of the presence of about 3.5 lakh Muslim voters in Bhopal.