Union minister L Murugan is likely to be elected unopposed in the Rajya Sabha bypoll from Madhya Pradesh next month, as the main opposition Congress has decided not to field its candidate.
The BJP on Saturday announced Mr Murugan's name for the bypoll, which will be held on October 4.
The vacancy emerged in Madhya Pradesh after the then Union minister Thaawarchand Gehlot resigned following his appointment as Karnataka governor in July this year.
Talking to PTI on Sunday, Madhya Pradesh Congress spokesperson Bhupendra Gupta said, "We are not going to field a candidate. Madhya Pradesh party chief and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Kamal Nathji has decided not to field any candidate for the RS bypoll in the state."
A senior state BJP leader expressed confidence that Mr Murugan would have a comfortable entry to the Rajya Sabha.
Before Mr Murugan's name was announced, the name of BJP Scheduled Caste Morcha's national president Lal Singh Arya, as well as the names of senior party leaders Kailash Vijaywargiya and Uma Bharti, were doing the rounds for the seat in the Upper House of Parliament, according to party insiders.
In the 230-seat Madhya Pradesh Assembly, the BJP has 125 Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs), while the Congress has 95. Besides, two seats are held by the Bahujan Samaj Party, one by the Samajwadi Party, and four by Independents, while three seats are lying vacant.
Out of the 11 Rajya Sabha seats in the state, the BJP currently has seven and the Congress three.
Right now, the BJP Rajya Sabha members from the state are MJ Akbar, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Dharmendra Pradhan, Ajay Pratap Singh, Kailash Soni, Sumer Singh Solanki and Sampatiya Uike.
The Congress's members to the Upper House of Parliament from the state are Digvijaya Singh, Vivek Tankha and Rajmani Patel.
As per the Election Commission, the last date of filing nominations for the Rajya Sabha bypoll is September 22, and last date of withdrawal of nomination is September 27.
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