Bhopal: Samajwadi Party nominee Choudhary Muzzafar Salim on Monday filed his nomination for the Lok Sabha by-election in Vidisha, while Chhatarpur District Congress Committee President Jagdish Shukla filed his papers for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly by-election from Malehra, vacated by Bhartiya Jan Shakti leader Uma Bharti.

Mr Salim is the State general secretary of his party.

Though the Congress is yet to declare its candidates for both seats, Mr Shukla, considered close to Congress general secretary Satyavrat Chaturvedi, filed his papers in anticipation of party nomination. The party is likely to declare its candidates in a day or two as October 13 is the last date for filing of nominations, party sources said.

Mr Shukla unsuccessfully contested the previous Assembly election from Malehra bagging 29,000 votes, while his main rival Uma Bharti, then BJP nominee, netted a total of 61,000 votes. The BJS is also yet to announce its candidates.

The BJP has declared former CPI legislator Kapoor Chand Ghuwara as its nominee from Malehra. The party has fielded State PHE Minister Rampal Singh as its candidate for Vidisha seat.UNI