BJP, relying more on 'sympathy wave', has fielded Petlawad MLA Nirmala Bhuria, daughter of Dileep Singh Bhuria whose death necessitated the by-election to Ratlam Lok Sabha seat. In Dewas assembly constituency, the party has given ticket to Gayatri Raje Puar, the widow of erstwhile ruler of Dewas  Tukoji Ra Puar, the sitting BJP MLA who died in June.

On the other side, the Congress has put up a united face and is banking on former Union Minister Kantilal Bhuria to reclaim the Ratlam seat from BJP, and young leader Jaiprakash Shastri in Dewas.

Though the main contest is between BJP and Congress in Ratlam seat, the JD(U), buoyed by the success of the Grand Alliance in Bihar, tried to put up a similar front by roping-in CPI, CPM, Gondwana Gantantra Party and Bahujan Sangarsh Dal in the state to provide an alternative.

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