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Former MPs wish to contest assembly polls

Former members of parliament from both the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress are willing to contest next assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh.

bhopal Updated: Sep 21, 2008 13:42 IST

Former members of parliament from both the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress are willing to contest next assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh.

Assembly elections in the State are due before the end of this year and will be held along with polls in Delhi, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.

For long, assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh have traditionally been a contest between the Congress and the BJP with other parties playing only minimal roles.

Congress sources said that among the former party MPs, who are desirous of contesting the assembly elections, are former MP from Vidisha, Pratap Bhanu Sharma and former MP from Dhar, Gajendra Singh Rajukhedi and hockey olympian turned politician Aslam Sher Khan.

While Sharma wants to contest from the Shamshabad seat in the Vidisha district, Rajukhedi has emerged as a strong contender for the Manawar seat in the Dhar district.

Former Deputy Chief Minister Shivbhanu Singh Solanki's son Surajbhan Singh Solanki who is also a former MP from Dhar wants to contest from the newly-formed Gandhwani seat in the Dhar district.

Former Congress MP from Jhabua, Dilip Singh Bhuria who returned to the party after joining different political parties is now back with the Congress wants to contest from the Ratlam (rural) assembly constituenc ZCZC

BJP MP Ashok Argal, who now represents the Morena (SC) constituency in the Lok Sabha, is desirous of contesting from the Ambah assembly constituency in the Morena district as following delimitation his parliamentary constituency has been given the status of a general seat.

BJP MP from Bhind, Ram Lakhan Singh faces a new problem as his constituency has now been reserved for Scheduled castes and he now wishes to contest the assembly elections from the Sewdha seat.

BJP MP, Neeta Pateria's Seoni Lok Sabha seat is no longer there following delimitation and her party may field her against senior Congress leader, Harvansh Singh from the Kewlari constituency in the Seonia district.

Virendra Singh the BJP MP from Sagar cannot contest again from this constituency as it too has been given the status of a general seat and he may now contest the assembly pools from Bina or Nariawali.

Ram Pal Singh who entered the Lok Sabha by winning the bye-election from Vidisha is also desirous of returning to state politics and he may be fielded from the newly-formed Silwani seat.