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'Decision to contest LS polls from MP not a surprise'

bhopal Updated: Mar 22, 2009 12:47 IST

Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Sunday said her decision to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Madhya Pradesh should not come as a surprise.

"I have been the member of Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh for last three years and this state is not new for me," Swaraj told PTI.

The saffron leader said she had left her home state of Haryana long back and had contested two Lok Sabha elections from New Delhi and was also Delhi Chief Minister for some time.

Swaraj said initially she wanted to contest from Bhopal and Lok Sabha member from that constituency, Kailash Joshi, could be asked to go to Rajya Sabha for the remaining three years of her term.

"When I came to know that Joshi was still desirous of contesting from Bhopal, I gave up the idea and following discussions with the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, I settled for Vidisha," Swaraj said.

Vidisha has a distinction of being the constituency from where Atal Bihari Vajpayee had won in 1991.

Chouhan was also Lok Sabha member from Vidisha when he became Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister.