SPORTS AND Youth Welfare Minister Yashodhara Raje on Saturday filed her nomination papers for by-election to the Gwalior parliamentary seat.
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janshakti has announced its withdrawal from the contest. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, speaking to the media on the occasion, said that the BJP would contest this election on the issue of development and people’s welfare.
Besides, the party’s policies and programmes would also get prominence in the by-election, he added. On the question of anti-incumbency factor against the BJP, Chouhan said that BJP government has done a lot of developmental work and therefore the anti- incumbency factor will not work, he added.
When asked about the Congress challenge in the by-election, he remarked, “Let them fight with each other first. We will contest them later”.
On the question of denial of ticket to Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya, Chouhan said his (Pawaiya’s) capabilities will be used in Sidhi and Udaipura by-election besides Gwalior.
While filing nomination Raje was accompanied by Chouhan, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, minister in charge of Gwalior Jayant Malaiya, Irrigation Minister Anoop Mishra and Social Welfare Minister Narayan Singh Kushwah. Pawaiya and other prominent leaders were present on the occasion.
Raje worshipped at Achleshwar temple and then went to the election office in Gorkhi for filing her nomination with supporters.
Meanwhile, Uma Bharti’s Bharatiya Janshakti has announced its decision to not contest the by-election. BJ district president Gangaram Baghel said that his party would shortly decide on extending support to a candidate.
Instruction to BJP workers
THE BJP State organisation general secretary Makhan Singh on Saturday asked the party cadres not to participate in campaigning at any of the three forthcoming by-elections without permission. Warning of action against persons not adhering to the directive, he said that model code of conduct for the election should be strictly observed and all the party workers should conduct themselves as desired under the provisions of Peoples’ Representation Act.