Ahead of assembly polls, the former union minister from Madhya Pradesh, Sartaj Singh joins Congress and after quitting Bhartiya Janta Party on Thursday. The Congress on Thursday released its fifth list of 16 candidates for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections and named BJP Sartaj Singh in the list.
The Congress announced Mr Singh as its candidate minutes after he quit the BJP, which denied him a ticket in its third list.
Sartaj Singh broke down after BJP dropped his name in the candidates' list for the assembly elections and joined Congress. The 78-year-old Singh will now contest the election from Hoshangabad on a Congress ticket.
Sartaj Singh, a sitting Member of Legislative Assembly or MLA from Seoni-Malwa, will take on Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker and BJP candidate Sitasharan Sharma in Hoshangabad.
The Congress has so far announced 225 candidates for the November 28 elections to the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly. However, it is yet to announce candidates for Budhni (Sehore district), Manpur (Dhar), Indore-2, Indore-5 and Jatara (Tikamgarh).
The state is scheduled to go to polls on November 28. The counting of votes will be done on 11 December.