The state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday unanimously forwarded the name of former Congress MLA Narayan Tripathi as the party’s candidate for the Maihar assembly by-poll in Madhya Pradesh.
The party’s state election committee members, including chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and state BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan, met at the party’s headquarters at Deen Dayal Bhawan at 11 am and unanimously forwarded the name of Tripathi as the nominee for Maihar bypoll to the party’s central election panel, which will take the final call on the nomination.
According to party sources, a decision has already been taken that Tripathi would lead the party in the by-election and the central election committee was likely to formalise his nomination.
The chief minister and state BJP president are likely to visit Maihar on Wednesday to shore up support for Tripathi when he files his nomination papers.
The by-poll in Maihar will be held on February 13, while the counting of votes will take place on February 16. The by-election was necessitated after Tripathi, then a Congress MLA, resigned from the Congress and joined the BJP.
Cong gives ticket to Manish Patel, BSP to field Ram Lakhan Singh Patel
Meanwhile, the Congress has given ticket to former BSP leader Manish Patel, who recently joined the party to contest from Maihar. Patel as BSP candidate had bagged more than 40,000 votes in 2013 assembly polls in Maihar but lost to Congress’ Tripathi, who quit the party during 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has announced to field former MLA Ram Lakhan Singh Patel as its candidate for the Maihar bypoll, while Samajwadi Party (SP) has also announced to field Ram Niwas Urmalia as its candidate for the bypoll.