Madhya Pradesh: As an independent, cousin of BJP candidate in Damoh raises slippers as symbol | Bhopal News – Times of India

BHOPAL: An independent candidate in Damoh has put some colour in an otherwise dull by-elections scheduled on April 17. Vaibhav Lodhi, cousin of BJP candidate Rahul Lodhi in Damoh, is contesting with “chappal” or slippers as his symbol. An advocate by profession, Lodhi is an OBC leader and expected to eat into the votes of his brother and the BJP candidate.
Vaibhv has also raked up the issue of “betrayal” by the BJP candidate with the people of Damoh after he “crossed over” to the BJP. As a Congress candidate, Rahul had defeated Jayant Malaiya, the veteran BJP leader and three time finance minister of Shivraj cabinet.
So why did Vaibhav go for slippers? “Actually I wanted to have shoes as my symbol”. he said, “but this symbol was allocated to someone else.” Without mentioning any name, he said, “when you think about dhoka or betrayal with the public, the first thing that comes to your mind is a beating by joota or chappal”. He said that his election symbol was symbolic of that “beating”.
A former member of district panchayat, Vaibhav has been leading OBC agitations in the region. He had also held dharna for OBC reservations. Popular among Lodhis, he is expected to dent the BJP voters. The BJP candidate himself belongs to the Lodhi community and community leaders like Uma Bharti are also expected to campaign for him.
Interestingly, Vaibhav has also filed a petition with the election commission that people should be barred from wearing slippers and shoes within 100 meters of the polling stations as they are election symbols and may violate the norms.
In his petition, he said that arrangements should be made for “red carpet ,drinking water and shamiyanas” so that voters and officials. Ajay Tondon is Congress candidate and raising the same issue of “betrayal”.
Referring to the issue of betrayal, the BJP spokesman Rajneesh Agrawal said that, “people have rejected this.”
“Congress doesn’t have any issue to raise and had bitten dust in the byelections last year. ” The BJP is contesting with development and good governance as an agenda and would win again.

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