With the four determining State assembly elections in a row, just before the next Lok Sabha elections, the BJP's three-time incumbent Chief Minister MR Shivraj Singh Chauhan Of Madhya Pradesh banks on social welfare schemes and development to win a record-breaking fourth term for the BJP.
The Madhya Pradesh State assembly elections are scheduled on this upcoming November – December. The Chief Minister MR Shivraj Singh Chauhan on his “Jan Ashirwad Yatra” across the State has said that his governments' welfare policies will win over any resentment or anger. He hinged on the 172 welfare projects which are currently undergoing across the State, focusing on his power waiver scheme, adding up of additional amount RS 265 to the Minimum Support Price for wheat. He further claimed that this time the record of 2008 and 2013 will be broken and the party will win by a larger margin. He reclaimed that everyone is in his support as his party has always worked on Sbka Sath or Sabka Vikas.
However, the Shivraj government is under criticism for their support for reservation in promotions and its decision to appeal to the Supreme Court against the State High Court which has struck down reservations in the promotion. All of which has miffed the BJP's traditional supporters and the upper caste. The SAPAK, an organization of people against the reservation in promotion pronounced to launch candidates on all 230 assembly constituencies. Earlier also the government came to much criticism on Mandsaur farmers agitation. When contacted on these, the Chief Minister said that all his government has done is to ensure social harmony.
The Congress has also geared up for this election under the leadership of MR Kamalnath. Some of its leaders are also heard speaking on Hindutva. The BJP may replace 50 % of sitting MLAs with the new faces in order to avoid any anti-incumbency impact. There is no denial on the point that this MP assembly election will have a far-reaching effect on the subsequent Lok Sabha elections.