Campaigning for the by-election to the largest Ward No-25 of Gwalior Municipal Council on the outskirts of the city came to an end on Monday.
The seat is reserved for OBC candidate. Around 23 thousand voters will exercise their right to decide the fate of the candidates on December 27. All the four major political parties- BJP, Congress, Samajwadi Party, and Bhartiya Janashakti Party- have fielded their candidates.
BJP has fielded Hariom Yadav brother of the previous councillor Sughar Singh Yadav, whose murder few months ago has necessitated the by-poll while Congress has pitted Rajkumar Patel, who finished second in the last election. Vidya Devi Kaurav is Samajwadi Party candidate.
She had earlier represented the seat as a CPM candidate. Bhartiya Janashakti Party has fielded Rakesh Gurjar while Akhilesh Yadav is the CPM candidate. Two independents are also in the fray.
The by-election has become an issue of prestige for both the Congress and BJP. Political heavyweights from both parties have held public meetings in support of their party candidates. BJP MLA Dhyanendra Singh supervised the campaign for his party candidate. Former minister Mahendra Singh kalukheda canvassed support from the residents of the area for party candidate Patel.
Samajwadi party state secretary Munnalal Goyal and others campaigned to woo voters in their party’s favour. Keeping in view the violent incidents during the last election, elaborate security arrangements have been made.