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Political Gup-Shup: With Rahul at helm, no changes in Akbar Road

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Having lost two bypolls to the Congress last year, MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is understandably keen on denying his political rival another victory in the next round of byelections due in the next few months. Mr Chouhan is particularly interested in wresting the seats of Kolaras and Mungaoli as these are located in Guna district, Mr Jyotiraditya Scindia’s stronghold. Not only has he deployed Mr Scindia’s chief bête noire, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Prabhat Jha, to campaign, he has also asked state minister Yashodhara Scindia to take charge of the elections. Mr Chouhan believes that as Mr Scindia’s aunt, Ms Scindia will be far more effective in building a campaign against a member of the erstwhile royal family of Gwalior, especially in its backyard. It would also dispel the prevailing perception that though estranged, the Scindia family members have a tacit understanding that they never campaign against each other. However, Ms Scindia has not taken the bait. She has shown no inclination to visit the poll-bound........

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