Digvijaya's son claims birthright, files nomination without waiting for Congress list
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Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh's son Jaivardhan filed his nomination from Raghogarh constituency on Friday, without waiting for the party to declare its list of candidates.
Jaivardhan, 27, was widely expected to contest the seat that his father has represented for four terms; however, filing nomination papers without the party's official mandate would in most other cases be seen as rebellion.
"We got permission from the PCC. In case I don't get the mandate I will withdraw my nomination," Jaivardhan said. He said Dhanteras is an auspicious day, and he did not want to delay the nomination process.
Madhya Pradesh votes on November 25, and nominations can be filed up to November 8.
Jaivardhan Singh was accompanied by his father, former chief minister Digvijaya Singh, and uncle Laxman Singh, besides family loyalists from the Raghogarh and Aaron blocks, as he filed his papers. Laxman Singh, who has won the Raghogarh seat twice, recently returned to the Congress from the BJP.
Party sources said Jaivardhan will eventually get the 'B' form which has to be submitted before the last day for his nomination to be valid.
"It is an emotional and important day for me," Jaivardhan told his supporters, breaking down in tears as he spoke. Referring to an earlier statement by Digvijaya that he may or may not be around when his son contests again five years from now, Jaivardhan said his father had meant that he would not campaign for him in the next election, which he would have to win on his own.