On October 27, 2023, Union Minister and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Narendra Singh Tomar filed his nomination paper from Dimani assembly constituency in Morena district for the forthcoming Madhya Pradesh assembly elections. Several BJP leaders and Tomar’s daughter were also present along with him on the occasion. Tomar is in the fray from Dimani seat against the Congress candidate Ravindra Singh Tomar.
List of Candidates
The BJP has announced a total of 228 candidates so far in its five lists – 39 candidates each in first and second lists, a single name in third list, 57 candidates in the fourth list and 92 candidates in the fifth list. The party is yet to declare candidates for Guna (Scheduled Caste) and Vidisha seats.
The BJP has fielded Tomar in its second list of candidates for the upcoming polls. The second list contained names of three Union Ministers and four MPs (Member of Parliament). Union Ministers Tomar and Prahlad Singh Patel have been fielded from the Dimani and Narsinghpur constituencies respectively. Union Minister Faggan Singh Kulaste will contest from the Niwas seat.
BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and BJP MP Rakesh Singh have been fielded from Indore-1 and Jabalpur Paschim constituencies respectively. Other notable candidates in the second list included MPs Ganesh Mantri, Rakesh Singh and Reeti Pathak.
MP Elections 2023
Madhya Pradesh is one of the five states set to hold elections this year. The state is scheduled to undergo polls on November 17 and the counting of votes will take place on December 3. Voters will choose legislators from 230 Assembly constituencies. The State also sends 40 representatives to the Parliament, 29 to the Lok Sabha and 11 to the Rajya Sabha
The governor appointed by the President is the constitutional head of state. Shivraj Singh Chouhan of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is the current chief minister and Mangubai C Patel is the current governor of Madhya Pradesh.
History of Electoral Polls (MP)
The BJP and the Indian National Congress (INC) are the two most important political parties in the state. Madhya Pradesh was established as a distinct state in 1950 after Independence. The first general legislative assembly elections in the newly formed Madhya Pradesh were held in 1952.
For many years following the Independence, Madhya Pradesh’s political scene was dominated by the Congress. As time passed, opposition groups such as the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the Janata Party, and the BJP rose to prominence and began challenging the Congress’s hegemony.
During the 1980s and 1990s, the BJP grew to be a significant political force in Madhya Pradesh. Over the years, the Congress and the BJP have held power at various times, with the BJP rising to power at the start of the 21st century under the direction of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.