MP has last laugh on Congress as rejected son sneaks in as candidate

This is one riddle that has the Madhya Pradesh Congress at its wit's end. A candidate with the official mandate is out of the race. And a contender who had been denied the ticket because he is an MP's son has become the official nominee for the Alot (SC) constituency at the eleventh hour.

Ujjain MP Premchand Guddu, who tried everything he could after being told his son Ajit Borasi would not get the ticket because the party is against perpetuating dynasty politics, seems to have had the last laugh. At least until now.

The party had issued form 'B' in favour of Kamal Parmar but it was rejected after scrutiny of papers because he had not submitted the caste certificate and details of bank accounts. The Congress headquarters in Bhopal was stunned when it was told that Ajit Borasi's papers had been found in order and that the form issued for Parmar also had his name as an alternative candidate.

Congress leader Rajiv Singh, in charge of issuing forms B, said it had only the name of Parmar and he did not know how Borasi's name too appeared. No other form B issued to the remaining candidates had a second name.

While expressing his displeasure at the turn of events, Congress general secretary in-charge of MP Mohan Prakash said he had forwarded the matter to Madhusudan Mistry, chairman of the screening committee.

The last list of candidates released by the party had Pappu Borasi's name but it was changed at the last minute and Parmar's name announced. Parmar is believed to be close to Guddu and party leaders are wondering if he had deliberately erred in not submitting the requisite forms to help Borasi make the cut.

On the last day of filing nominations, both Parmar and Borasi filed their nominations. The returning officer said since form B also had Borasi's name, his candidature was approved.

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