BJP leader La Ganesan, who filed his nomination papers for lone Rajya Sabha seat it Bhopal on Friday, said he would learn as a student in Madhya Pradesh and try to implement lessons learnt here in his home state Tamil Nadu.
Seventy-one-year-old Ganesan, a former RSS pracharak and the state party president, filed his papers in Hindi in the presence of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other senior leaders at the assembly.
At one point of time the atmosphere in Tamil Nadu was anti-Hindi, he said. “The situation has changed due to the hard work of our workers. But it is yet to translate into votes for the BJP in a significant way,” he said.
Ganesan said he would work for the development of Madhya Pradesh as well as for his state.
“I want to express my gratitude to the people of this state, chief minister Chouhan and state BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan,” he said.
The chief minister said Madhya Pradesh was fortunate that a dedicated and veteran leader like La Ganesan was being nominated from here.
“He has immensely contributed in strengthening the party in southern India and dedicated his life for the party,” he said.
BJP national president Amit Shah had announced the name of La Ganesan for the bypoll to Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh.
The seat fell vacant after the resignation by Najma Heptullah, who has been appointed as the governor of Manipur. The last date for filing of nomination papers for the election is October 3.
Scrutiny of papers will be conducted on October 4, withdrawal by October 6 and polling will be held on October 17 if there are two candidates or more in the fray.