Vijayvargiya says he did not seek ticket for his son

BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said Thursday that he had nothing to do with the party's decision to field his son Akash Vijayvargiya from Indore-3 Assembly seat.

Madhya Pradesh is going to the polls on November 28.

Talking to reporters here, Vijayvargiya said, "Perhaps nobody will believe it, but I never asked our president Amit Shah to give ticket to my son. It was the party's decision. I welcome it."

In its third list, the ruling BJP nominated 34-year-old Akash from Indore-3 constituency.

Vijayvargiya also denied reports that he withdrew his claim for party ticket for his son's sake.

"I have responsibilities of the organisation. So I did not show interest in contesting," he said, adding that he would not have been able to do justice to Indore voters as he is operating from Delhi, being the BJP in-charge for West Bengal.

Kailash Vijayvargiya has been elected as MLA from Indore district for six times since 1990.

He won the last two Assembly elections from Dr Ambedkar Nagar (Mhow). This time, the BJP has fielded Usha Thakur, sitting MLA from Indore-3, from Mhow.

Talking about his reported tussle with Indore MP and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan over ticket distribution, he said, "There is no conflict between us. I can not even think of winning any fight with Taai (as Mahajan is known), because she is our senior leader and we obey her word."

According to party sources, Mahajan's son Mandar Mahajan was among the ticket-seekers from Indore.

Asked about this, Vijayvargiya said, "As far as I know, Taai (Mahajan) herself had never asked for a ticket for her son.