In a major move to bolster their position in Madhya Pradesh, the BJP on Wednesday confirmed the nomination of Sadhvi Pragya against Congress' Digvijaya Singh for the Bhopal Lok Sabha seats, just hours after she joined the party.
Congress had earlier announced that its veteran Digvijaya Singh, who has been CM of Madhya Pradesh, would be contesting from Bhopal, following which BJP has made its own announcement. Digvijaya Singh was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2014 from MP.
The BJP has consistently been winning the seat of Bhopal since 1989. BJP's Alok Sanjar is the sitting MP from the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat.
While speaking to reporters on the matter before the announcement of her contest from Bhopal, she said that she may contest from Bhopal, without denying her candidature against Digvijaya Singh.
"I am waiting for the official announcement, after which I will answer your questions. For me, the national cause will be foremost. I will definitely contest the elections and will also win the election," she said while interacting to media.
She added: "I came to meet all the leaders in the BJP office in Madhya Pradesh. Everybody is enthusiastic and positive that we will together fight against the elements who conspires against the nation. If the country is safe, we are safe and we are safe then work can be done."
Sadhvi Pragya is an accused in the September 2008 Malegaon blast case, over which the Congress party had infamously coined the 'Hindu terror' bogey. She is currently out on bail.
Polls for total 29 Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh will be held in four phases during April 29-May 19 period.