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.
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'.
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.
Eyeing by-poll election win, Kamal Nath launches CM Housing Mission (Urban) from tribal-dominated Jhabua
The new scheme which is aimed at providing houses to urban homeless persons envisages making houseless residents of slum dwellings the owners of their houses.