MP by-elections: It's all in the family for both BJP and Cong
Bhopal: The choice of candidates of the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress for February 14 by-elections in two assembly constituencies of Madhya Pradesh
only reaffirms that politics here is still a family business.
The by-polls are being held in the Kukshi and Sonkatch constituencies, both of which had returned Congress MLAs in 2008.
Election in Kukshi became necessary following the death of Jamuna Devi who was first elected from there in 1952.
Sonkatch seat fell vacant because MLA Sajjan Singh Verma was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2009.
The BJP candidate in Kukshi is Mukam Singh Kirade, the husband of the state Minister for Women and Child Development, Ranjana Baghel. Its candidate at Sonkatch is Rajendra Verma, the son of former MP, Phoolchand Verma.
The Congress nominee from Kukshi is Jamuna Devi's niece, Nisha Singar; while its candidate from Sonkatch is Arjun Verma, nephew of the MP Sajjan Singh Verma.
The by-elections have become a matter of prestige for both the parties.
Both Kukshi and Sonkatch had traditionally been Congress seats and BJP is trying its best to create an upset this time.
The elections are also the first major test for the State BJP president Prabhat Jha, who took over only last year.