Bhopal, Nov 20: The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Monday declared the election of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Neena Verma “null and void” after her nomination form was found to be incomplete. Verma represented the Dhar constituency in Madhya Pradesh legislative Assembly. The court was hearing a plea filed by Suresh Chandra Bhandari. Notably, the court has nullified her election for the second time in a row.
In his petition, Bhandari had accused Verma of concealing facts about her assets and liabilities. She allegedly left 21 columns blank including about her family, liabilities, assets in her nomination paper.
Her election was nullified after she defeated Balmukund Singh Gautam of Congress by a solitary vote during the recounting process in 2008. Enraged Gautam had approached the high court to nullify her election citing faulty recounting process.
Verma, wife of former union minister Vikram Verma, is expected to move Supreme Court against the verdict. The termination of her election comes as a shock to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is preparing itself for the assembly elections to be conducted next year.