Bhopal: Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said that Biju Janata Dal (BJD) will regret its decision to part ways with the NDA after the general elections.
“Orissa chief minister Naveen Patnaik-led BJD will regret the decision to part ways with the NDA after the elections,” Swaraj in-charge of Lok Sabha polls in Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and Jharkhand said on Monday night.
Patnaik was unable to assess the situation correctly as those close to him have misguided him on the issue, she said.
Swaraj, who arrived here after her name was announced as the party candidate for the Vidisha Lok Sabha seat which had earlier elected stalwarts like former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and noted journalist Ramnath Goenka, said that she has no ambition to run a parallel power centre in Madhya Pradesh.
“I am not interested in becoming a parallel power centre in Madhya Pradesh nor in state politics,” she said.
When told that the bungalow allotted to her was the parallel power centre in the state, as earlier it was occupied by former MP chief minister V K Saklecha and former deputy chief minister Subhash Yadav, Swaraj said if that was the case then she would change the course of history.
When asked why she is not contesting from Congress strongholds — Guna or Chhindwara, Swaraj said that she had earlier fought against Congress President Sonia Gandhi from Bellary in Karnataka.
The decision to field her from Vidisha was taken by the party, Swaraj said.
On the issue of demand raised by BJP MLA and former Hoshangabad MP Sartaj Singh that chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s wife Sadhna should be fielded from Hoshangabad as she would give a tough fight to the state Congress chief Suresh Pachouri, Swaraj said that he (Singh) should have taken her into confidence on the issue.
When Singh met her in Delhi at that time he was told not to propose the name of Chouhan’s wife publicly.
She also said that MPs who contested the assembly polls in 2008 and won would not be fielded in the Lok Sabha polls, but added that if needed candidates would be selected from among the MLAs and MPs also.
Earlier, Swaraj was accorded a rousing welcome at the airport upon her arrival from Delhi.
The minister for public relations and culture, Laxmikant Sharma, higher and school education minister Archana Chitnis, minister of state for revenue Karan Singh Verma, MLAs Jitendra Daga, Vishwas Sarang and Dhruv Naryan Singh among large number of party workers present on.