A veteran BJP leader with an RSS background, Meghraj Jain, has been named as the party’s nominee for the vacant Rajya Sabha seat from the state.
The BJP’s central election committee finalised the name of Jain, 71, after its meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan – who had backed Jain -- was also present at the meeting as a member of the committee.
Jain has earlier served as a Rajya Sabha MP immediately after the death of former chief minister and union minister Arjun Singh. Jain is perceived to be close to Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Party sources said that Meghraj Jain would file his nomination on Thursday, the last date for filing of papers.
The seat fell vacant with the resignation of Kaptan Singh Solanki who was appointed governor of Haryana. Meghraj Jain will serve the remainder of Kaptan Singh’s term which ends on April 2, 2018. A swayamsewak, Jain has served in various capacities in the BJP and as secretary in-charge of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) during which he developed a close working relationship with the chief minister. Jain was appointed chairman of the newly-created cow protection board under the MP government. He was also appointed as the chairman of the MP Mela authority, another body set up by the state government.
Meanwhile, Meghraj Jain, who has received the BJP nomination for the Rajya Sabha seat from Madhya Pradesh would arrive at the state BJP headquarters at 11 AM on Thursday. He would pay respects to the busts of SP Mukherjee and then proceed to the Vidhan Sabha to file his nomination papers.