Jammu: Former Congress minister Jugal Kishore Sharma on Monday filed nomination papers for the Udhampur MLC seat which fell vacant following the death of Yashpal Sharma this year.
Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, Congress state chief Saifuddin Soz, ministers Sham Lal Sharma, R S Chib and Manohar Lal accompanied Sharma when he filed his papers before Assembly Secretary Mohmmad Ramzan this afternoon.
While the vacant seat had to be filled by a resident of Jammu province, Sharma`s nomination had triggered protests from another contender Bhupinder Singh Pathania, the district Congress committee president of Udhampur district, and some
party workers yesterday.
Demonstrations was also held against the failure to grant the seat to Congress veteran and former Deputy Chief Minister, Mangat Ram Sharma, by some party workers who gheraoed Congress state president Soz near Sharma`s residence.