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At 80, BJP candidate aims at 7th win in a row

BJP's octogenarian candidate Laxmi Narayan Pandey contesting from MP's Mandsaur Lok Sabha constituency is all geared up for the coming elections and is aiming at his seventh win in a row.

bhopal Updated: Mar 19, 2009 15:20 IST

Laxmi Narayan Pandey, the 80-year-old BJP candidate from Mandsaur Lok Sabha constituency in Madhya Pradesh, is not taking the coming elections lightly and aiming at seventh successive win.

At one time it looked like Pandey would not be given the ticket this time due to his advanced age and the ruling BJP may instead field Chetan Kashyap from Mandsaur. However, his supporters contended, successfully, that if the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L K Advani, who is 81, can contest election then why not Pandey.

Pandey’s main rival would be the youthful Meenakshi Natrajan of the Congress.

The BJP leader told PTI from Mandsaur that despite Natrajan’s young age, he was not willing to take her lightly.

The veteran BJP leader, perhaps the oldest contestant in poll fray in the state, had successfully contested his first election in 1971. He did not contest the 1984 Lok Sabha elections but has won all six polls since 1989.

First Published: Mar 19, 2009 15:03 IST