BJP candidate's papers rejected in MP

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Guna, MP, Nov 9 (UNI) A day after former Congress minister Jaswant Singh was knocked out of contention from Raisen district's Silwani during scrutiny of nomination papers in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, Guna's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Gopilal Jatav met the same fate this afternoon due to a technical lacuna, official sources said.

District President Radheshyam Parikh said that the BJP had fielded no dummy and was contemplating its next move vis-a-vis Guna.

Mr Jatav handed over his deposit of Rs 2,500 at this district's Bamhori constituency instead of Guna assembly constituency's election office.

''Mr Jatav's papers have been rejected. The deposit is Rs 5,000 for general seats and Rs 2,500 for constituencies reserved for Scheduled Castes,'' said Returning Officer R K Niranjan.

The BJP earlier fielded Mr Jatav as its nominee from Ashoknagar, which is the neighbouring district headquarters, but suddenly changed his constituency on Thursday barely 24 hours before submission of nomination papers drew to a close.

The Returning Officer reserved his ruling yesterday after hearing objections to Mr Jatav's nomination. Objections to the nomination of Bharatiya Jan Shakti candidate Rajendra Saluja and his Congress counterpart Sangeeta Rajak were overruled.

Mr Singh's papers were rejected owing to absence of a B Form.

Of the state's 230 seats, the ruling BJP is contesting all except Bahoriband that was left to the Janata Dal (United) and the Congress has likewise left Burhanpur to the Nationalist Congress Party.

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