MP Polls: 3,800 to fight for 230 seats

Bhopal: With the last date for filing of nominations for the coming Assembly elections getting over on Friday, a total of about 3,800 nominations have been filed for 230 Assembly constituencies in Madhya Pradesh since November 2. Interestingly, 2,290 nominations were filed on the last date alone.

A list of valid nominations will be released on November 12 after scrutiny of all nominations. The final list of contestants will be published on or after November 14 as it is the last date by when the contestants can withdraw their nominations. Over 5 crore voters with 2.6 crore men and 2.4 crore women will cast their votes on November 28 and the results will be announced on December 11.

Returning officer to finalise symbol

The Election Commission of India has shortlisted 161 election symbols, including shoes, slippers, socks, biscuit, cauliflower, capsicum, green chilli, petrol pump, tie and so on for the unrecognised parties and Independents, which will be awarded after the nomination process is completed, say sources.

The contestants seem very particular about their symbols. The EC has made it clear that every contestant and small party must give three options for symbols, but, if one symbol is claimed by many, the returning officer will be authorised to take the final decision in the matter.

Raghavji to contest from sapaks

  • Senior BJP leader and former finance minister Raghavji Bhai filed his nomination on Friday as an Independent candidate from the Shamshabad constituency in Vidisha district, although SAPAKS has offered him Form-B which he has accepted.
  • After an obscene CD on him had surfaced, he was made to resign in 2013 and was denied a ticket in 2013. He was demanding a ticket for daughter, Jyoti Shah, for 2018 polls.
  • Former minister in the BJP government Ramkrishna Kusmaria, perturbed over not getting a ticket from the party, too, filed his nomination on Friday as an Independent candidate from the Damoh and Patharia Assembly constituencies.
  • In Bhopal, Jitendra Daga, denied a BJP ticket, filed nomination as an Independent candidate from the Huzur constituency.

Denied ticket, consumes poison

  • Premshankar Kushwaha, senior Congress leader from Gwalior, consumed poison on Friday after he was denied a ticket. Kushwaha is currently a member of the state Congress committee.
  • He is being treated in the ICU of Jayarogya Hospital and is said to be out of danger. He was demanding tickets from Gwalior-South and Gwalior-East.
  • When Suresh Pachouri’s supporter, Pravin Pathak, was announced as the candidate from Gwalior-South on Thursday, he began protesting and then consumed poison.

Case against Sambit Patra

  • A case has been registered against the BJP’s national spokesman, Sambit Patra, for holding a press conference in a public place. He is accused of model code of conduct violation.
  • Earlier, the Bhopal collector, taking cognisance of a complaint filed by the Congress, ordered filing of a case against SS Uppal for organising the press conference outside the National Herald building in Bhopal on October 27.