The Congress has released its first list of 155 candidates for the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh. The list doesn't include either of the party's two chief ministerial probables – state unit chief Kamal Nath and Guna lawmaker Jyotiraditya Scindia.
Congress national secretary and sitting legislator Jitu Patwari has been fielded from Rau in Indore district and senior party leader Suresh Pachauri will be contesting from Raisen district's Bhojpur seat. The latter is a known BJP stronghold, represented four times by former chief minister Sunderlal Patwa and the last two times by his nephew Surendra Patwa, who is also a minister in the state government.
Six-time legislator Dr Govind Singh has be renominated from the Lahar seat in Bhind district. He is one of the few Congress leaders who has consistently held his ground in the Chambal region, where the BJP has been dominant and the Bahujan Samaj Party too has some influence.
In neighbourng Gwalior district, three time legislator Lakhan Singh Yadav has been renominated from Bhitrwar and Imarti Devi from the Dabra reserved constituency.
Kharera legilslator Shakuntala Khatik, who had grabbed the headlines last year when she threatened to burn down a police station following the policing firing in Mandsaur, has been dropped. Jaswant Jatav has been fielded from the seat, which is reserved for Scheduled Caste candidates.