A day ahead of the final date of nominations for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday released the final list of candidates with the party deciding to drop two veterans -- Babulal Gaur and Sartar Singh.
Earlier in the day the party released the list of 32 candidates. The party then again announced the names for the remaining seven seats.
As per the list, the party has fielded the daughter-in-law of Babulal Gaur, Krishna Gaur, from Govindpura Assembly constituency while Vijayvargiya has been replaced by Usha Thakur, the sitting MLA from Indore-3.
Babulal Gaur, a former Home Minister, was forced to resign on the grounds that his age was over 75. He represented the Govindpura Assembly constituency since 1980 and had threatened the party that if he or his daughter-in-law was not given a ticket, both would contest the polls independently.
Senior Vijayvargiya, a close confidant of BJP Chief Amit Shah, has been more focussed on national politics especially after the saffron party for the first time formed its government in Haryana. The party's victory in Haryana was credited to Vijayvargiya.
Besides Gaur, Vijayvargiya and Malviya, the BJP has also dropped its sitting MLAs Narendra Kushwaha from Bhind, Mukesh Singh Chaturvedi from Mehgaon, Ghanshyam Pironia from Bhander and Govind Singh Patel from Gadarwara among others.
Prahlad Singh Lodhi, who had earlier filed nomination as a Samjawadi Party candidate from Pawai, also figured in the BJP's final list. The party has fielded him from the same constituency. The BJP had earlier fielded Brijendra Singh from Pawai. Singh has now been shifted to Panna assembly constituency.
There are 230 seats in Madhya Pradesh, where the saffron party has been in power for three consecutive terms.
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