Madhya Pradesh saw about 64 per cent of its electorate coming out to vote for 230 seats in the state assembly on Thursday as former minister and BJP candidate Sunil Nayak and his gunman were allegedly killed in a clash with a Congress MLA’s brother in Tikamgarh district in the northern part of the state.
Nayak, who was contesting from Prithvipur constituency, was shot in the neck by Congress MLA Brijendra Singh Rathore’s brother Yashpal Singh Rathore in the Naya Khera area of the constituency.
Inspector General of Police (Sagar Range) K.N. Tiwari said two bullets pierced Nayak's neck and thigh. His gunman also received a bullet in his thigh. Both Nayak and his gunman were referred to Jhansi hospital where they succumbed to their injuries.
Yashpal, who was injured in the shootout, was arrested from his house.
Nayak had won in the 2003 assembly election from Jatara seat on a BJP ticket. He was a staunch supporter of Bhartiya Jan Shakti president Uma Bharti, who made him a minister of state during her eight-month tenure as chief minister. When Uma quit the BJP, Nayak and three other MLAs joined her. He returned to the BJP a couple of months ago.
Nayak shifted to newly carved out Prithvipur constituency as his Jatara seat was reserved for the Schedule Castes in the delimitation process.
Barring this killing, polling in the state was by and large peaceful, with only stray incidents of skirmishes between supporters of the BJP and the Congress being reported from Bhind, Jabalpur, Indore and some other places.
The fate of 3,180 candidates has been sealed in EVMs at 47,209 polling booths and the results will be known on December 8. The stalwarts who featured in the elections include CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and former chief ministers Babulal Gaur and Uma Bharti.