After rejecting the nominations of ex-Marwahi legislator Amit Jogi and his wife Richa Jogi for Marwahi by-election following their caste certificate row, Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC) has also out of the fray with the rejection of six nominations including two more JCC candidates.
The District Election Office of Gaurella-Pendra-Marwahi said that total 19 candidates had filed their papers for the November 3 Assembly by-election.
The nomination papers of 13 candidates have been found valid while nominations of six candidates have been rejected in the scrutiny.
Both Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress are contesting for the by-poll in the Scheduled Tribe (ST)-reserved Marwahi assembly seat as the nominations filed by candidates of these two parties were not rejected during scrutiny.
Six of the rejected nominations were filed by JCC state chief Amit Jogi, his wife Richa Jogi, two more JCC candidates Pushpeshwari Tanwar and Mulchand Singh and two independent candidates.
After the rejections during scrutiny, the maximum number of 13 candidates are in the fray from Marwahi (ST) assembly seat in Chhattisgarh.
Now, 13 candidates including Dr Krishan Kumar Dhruw from Congress and Dr Gambheer Singh of BJP and 11 others will be battling in Marwahi.
Marwahi (ST) constituency fell vacant following the demise of first chief minister of Chhattisgarh Ajit Jogi in May this year.
Ajit Jogi won the 2018 assembly poll from Marwahi but he passed away on May 29, 2020. Marwahi seat has been a Jogi family bastion since the state’s formation in 2000.