The Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded state minister for scheduled castes and tribal welfare Gyan Singh (63) as its candidate for the Shahdol (ST) Lok Sabha seat by-poll. He will lock horns with the Congress candidate Himadri Singh (29) who filed her nomination papers on Thursday.
Gyan Singh has been a member of parliament twice from the constituency. He had defeated Himadri’s father Dalbir Singh in 1996 and 1998 in general elections. As an MLA, he is serving his seventh term.
The BJP chose Gyan Singh as its candidate for the seat giving him preference over another tribal leader Narendra Maravi given his influence in the constituency and his experience. Gyan Singh was, however, not willing to contest the election, said party sources.
“Cong fields 27 y old Himandri d/o late legendary tribal leaders Nandini & Dalbir Singh n Shahdol LS by election- a turning point n state pol,” said Rajya Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh Vivek Tankha on his Twitter page.
According to the property details submitted to the Election Commission, Himadri has movable property worth Rs 21.40 lakh including Rs 10 lakh cash and immovable property including agriculture land, house and flat worth Rs 2.85 crore.
Nepanagar (ST) by-poll
The BJP candidate for Nepanagar (ST) assembly seat by-poll Manju Dadoo filed her nomination papers on Thursday. She was accompanied by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, state BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan and minister for woman and child development Archna Chitnis.
Dadoo is the daughter of Rajendra Dadu, whose death in a road accident necessitated the by-poll for the constituency.
The chief minister said, “Manju was chosen as the party candidate seeing the sentiments of the people of the constituency who wanted Manju to fulfill the unfulfilled dreams of her father.”