Some people have dubbed you as a light-weight candidate in the front of the sitting chief minister and believe that you have been sent here as a compromise candidate for the Congress. Do you think you will able to get the support to overthrow the incumbent chief minister?
Yes. People are supporting me and they want to vote for change in Budhni.
It is also believed that Jyotiraditya Scindia or Kamalnath would have been better candidates to take on Shivraj Singh Chouhan in order to confine him to Budhni?
Who stopped them. I’m here because of my boss (Rahul Gandhi). My boss ordered me to go and fight. So, here I am and I will win.
What are the issues in Budhni which you are raising with people?
Corruption of the highest level, illegal sand mining, farmer suicides and youth unemployment.
You have been tagged as an outsider in Budhni while Shivraj is a local. Does this bother you?
No, nobody is saying this. This is BJP propaganda. The common man is not saying this.
The sitting chief minister is so confident of winning from Budhni that he wasn’t willing to campaign in Budhni. Have you managed to change that?
Yes. The whole Chouhan family is here and in some time you will see the chief minister himself campaigning here.
What do you think are Congress’ overall prospects this time now that just a few days are left for the campaigning to end?
We are coming back to power.
Suppose you come back, will you be a compromise candidate for chief ministership?
No, no. I am not in the race for chief ministership.
So what according to you will turn the tide in favour of Congress in MP? Will it be anti-incumbency, anger against Shivraj Singh Chouhan, note ban, or GST?
All issues will work in favour of Congress. However, I personally feel that the strong resentment of farmers against the ruling regime both in Centre and state is the biggest poll issue in MP this time.