While 27-year-old Bhawna Dehriya lit Diyas on Kilimanjaro, 16-year-old Munna of the Kanha National Park has been shifted to the Van Vihar National Park in Bhopal.
Kantilal Bhuria, 69, one of the most powerful tribal leaders of the Congress in MP, defeated 37-year-old first-time BJP candidate Bhanu Bhuria by over 27,700 votes after 26 rounds of counting.
Election Commission officials said that Congress' Kantilal Bhuria (12,583 votes) held a slight edge over the BJP's Bhanu Bhuria (11,299 votes).
The main contestants for the bypoll are senior Congress leader Kantilal Bhuria and BJP's Bhanu Bhuria, who is making his electoral debut.
In a letter to Bhargava on October 14, a senior BJP leader of the state, the Commission advised him to be 'more careful' in his remarks made in public while campaigning for the bypoll.
The ruling Congress took exception to the statement, alleging that he was hinting at the imminent toppling of the Kamal Nath government in the state.
The development took place a fortnight after the other BJP MLA Sharad Kol too had made similar announcement of being part of the BJP.
While the Congress wants to strengthen its position in the bypoll, the BJP is trying to portray it as a referendum on the performance of the Kamal Nath government.
A day after Navratra-Dussehra festivities ended, Chief Minister and Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath embarked on a road-show from Gopalpura airstrip to Kalyanpura area of Jhabua district.
The list of ministers tasked by Nath to supervise campaigning across the constituency includes Bala Bachchan and Omkar Singh Markam, among others.
The returning officer for the October 21 Jhabua byelection Dr Abhay Singh Kharari has lodged a case against the BJP leader Gopal Bhargava after finding that his utterances violated the poll code.
Gopal Bhargava, who is Leader of the Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, on Monday sought to portray the by- election as a 'fight between Pakistan and India'.
A list of 40 star campaigners, including Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Prahlad Patel and Faggan Singh Kulaste and BJP's working president JP Nadda has been finalised.
The party also cleared the candidature of Dilip Kumar Panda from Bijepur assembly constituency in Odisha.
All eyes are on the Congress’ choice of candidate for the crucial by-election to Jhabua Assembly constituency, which it lost to the BJP twice in last six years due to factionalism.