Sushma, Verma, others file RS papers
BHARATIYA JANATA Party (BJP) nominees for Rajya Sabha elections Sushma Swaraj, Vikram Verma, Narayan Kesari and Anusuiya Uike today filed their nomination papers before the returning officer Dr AK Payasi at the State Assembly.india Updated: Mar 15, 2006 01:40 IST
BHARATIYA JANATA Party (BJP) nominees for Rajya Sabha elections Sushma Swaraj, Vikram Verma, Narayan Kesari and Anusuiya Uike today filed their nomination papers before the returning officer Dr AK Payasi at the State Assembly.
The candidates first assembled at the State BJP headquarters at Deendayal Upadhyay premises where party workers accorded them a reception. From there they proceeded to the State Assembly premises.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, several ministers in his Cabinet, State Bharatiya Janata Party president Satyanarayan Jatia and other leaders also accompanied them to the State Assembly.
However, conspicuous by their absence at the BJP office and the State Assembly were party veterans Sunderlal Patwa, Kailash Joshi, State Bharatiya Janata Party organising general secretary Kaptan Singh Solanki, vice-president Raghunandan Sharma, general secretary Anil Dave, Kailash Sarang and Sheetala Sahay among others. Except Joshi, all of these leaders figured in the list of 25 names recommended to the Central leadership by the State unit.
Four of them were to be selected as candidates. However, much to resentment in a section of the Bharatiya Janata Party
leaders Anusuiya Uike was also declared as a nominee though her name did not appear in the list.
The 10 MLAs who proposed the name of Sushma Swaraj for the candidature included Babulal Gaur, Himmat Kothari, Narendra Tomar, all ministers, Kamalapat Arya, Dhyanendra Singh, Deepak Joshi, Manoj Patel, Brijendra Tiwari, Gajraj Singh Sikarwar and Bhaktapal Singh. Ten proposers each proposed the names of the three other candidates.
Those present on the occasion included former Union Minister Sumitra Mahajan, ministers Jayant Mallayya, Rampal Singh, Ajay Vishnoi, Kailash Vijayvargiya, Kamal Patel and Laxmikant Sharma, Maya Singh and Anju Makhija. Significantly, several MLAs figured in the list of proposers of the four candidates, who had rebelled against the then Chief Minister Babulal Gaur last year under the leadership of Uma Bharti.
They include Kamlapat Arya, Dhyanendra Singh, Deepak Joshi, Bhaktapal Singh, Karan Singh Verma, Ramesh Saxena, Dileep Bhatere and certain others. Earlier, the candidates were supposed to move to the State Assembly together in a procession.
Although they left the BJP office at the same time, there was no procession up to the Assembly as had been planned earlier.