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BJP releases first list for MP polls, 16 MLAs kept out of election fray

The BJP central election committee which met here Thursday, declared the first list comprising of 147 candidates for the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections.

The three MPs in the fray are - Yashodhara Raje Scindia, who will contest from her family’s stronghold Shivpuri, Bhupendra Singh (Khurai) and KD Deshmukh ((Katangi).

Former MP and octogenarian Arif Beg will contest the elections from Bhopal North while another former MP Jaibhan Singh Pavaia will fight the polls from Gwalior seat. Two ministers - Devi Singh Sayyam (Dhindori-ST) and Ram Dayal Ahirwal (Chandla-SC) have been denied tickets. Jai Singh Maravi and RD Prajapati will contest from these seats respectively.

Rahul Singh, Uma Bharti’s nephew, has been fielded from Khargapur constituency.

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will contest from Budhni, former CM and minister Babulal Gaur from Govindpura and minister Kailash Vijayvargiya from Ambedkarnagar-Mhow.

Indore MP Sumitra Mahajan’s son Mandaur has been denied a ticket. He was expected to contest from Rau but the ticket has been given to Jeetu Jerati, a sitting MLA.

BJP has pitted Radheyshyam Dhakar against Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh’s son Jaivardhan Singh in the Raghogarh seat.
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