Rajya Sabha by-election: Union Minister of State Murugan filed nomination papers from Madhya Pradesh, Congress did not field candidates
Union Minister of State L Murugan on Tuesday filed his nomination papers as a BJP candidate from Madhya Pradesh for next month's Rajya Sabha by-elections. He is likely to be elected unopposed as the main opposition Congress has already decided not to field its candidate in view of the BJP's strength of 125 MLAs in the 230-seat Madhya Pradesh Assembly. This seat in the Rajya Sabha of Madhya Pradesh fell vacant in July this year due to the resignation of Thaawarchand Gehlot. Gehlot was made the Governor of Karnataka in July, due to which he also resigned from the post of Union Minister.
Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Fisheries, Dairying and Animal Husbandry Murugan handed over his nomination papers to Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly's Principal Secretary and Election Officer AP Singh at the assembly premises here. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and State BJP President Vishnudutt Sharma were also present on the occasion. Murugan hails from Tamil Nadu and has recently been included in his Council of Ministers by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will have to become a member of parliament within six months to retain the ministerial berth.
Talking to reporters, Murugan thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the central leadership of the BJP for making him a Rajya Sabha candidate. He also expressed his gratitude to Chouhan, Sharma and other state BJP leaders. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said, "Murugan is a very hard working and dedicated worker of BJP and has administrative as well as organizational ability. We all heartily welcome him on the soil of Madhya Pradesh.
BJP leaders gave a grand welcome to Murugan in Bhopal
He said, "Murugan ji has played a very important role in the expansion of the BJP organization in Tamil Nadu from an organizational point of view. He has also worked there as the state president. Madhya Pradesh is also fortunate to have met Murugan ji as a Union Minister. He will certainly play a very important role in the development of Madhya Pradesh and the welfare of its people.
BJP captures seven out of 11 Rajya Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh
Election Officer Singh said that the last date for filing nominations for the Rajya Sabha by-elections is September 22 and the last date for withdrawal of nominations is September 27. If necessary, polling will be held on October 4. Madhya Pradesh Assembly has a total of 230 seats, out of which BJP has 125 MLAs, Congress 95, BSP two, SP one and four Independents. Three seats are currently vacant. Of the 11 Rajya Sabha seats in the state, the BJP currently has seven and the Congress three.