Even in the midst of the Modi wave of 2017, Congress candidate Ganga Pancholi lost this election by a small margin.
The BJP has fielded Mahesh Jeena as its candidate for the Salt Assembly by-election, which will take on Congress candidate Ganga Pancholi. Ganga Pancholi has also contested assembly elections in 2017.
Strong leader Harish Rawat wanted to see Ganga Pancholi as a candidate from the beginning. However, former Sultan MLA Ranjit Rawat wanted to give this seat to his son Vikram Rawat. Finally, the Congress high command has approved the name of Ganga Pancholi.
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The Salt seat was vacant after the death of MLA Surendra Singh Jeena. For the assembly by-election, the BJP has declared Mahesh Jeena, elder brother of Surendra Singh Jeena, as its candidate. Jina will file a nomination on March 30. This is the third time the BJP sympathy card has been played by giving Mahesh Jeena a ticket in Salt. Earlier, BJP legislator Magan Lal Shah had contested his wife Munni Devi Shah and his wife Chandra Pant on the death of Minister Prakash Pant.