Mr Gavit was a former Congress minister and joined the BJP party earlier this month. Damu Shingda will be contesting on a Congress ticket. Local party, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi has fielded Baliram Jadhav for the by-poll.
Another Lok Sabha seat, Bhandara-Gondia, in Maharashtra fell vacant after Nana Patole, who won the seat in 2014 on a BJP ticket, quit the party last year and resigned from his parliamentary membership. The Nationalist Congress Party has fielded Madhukar Kukde, while the BJP nominated Hemant Patle. The main contest will be between the BJP and the NCP.
Poll results will be declared three days later, and the opposition hopes to replicate the success of Gorakhpur and Phulpur - where the Samajwadi Party joined hands with its rival Bahujan Samaj Party to defeat the ruling BJP, clinching the former seat of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
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