Narsingh Malaviya: India politician's suicide over failed poll bid

Narsingh Malaviya Narsingh Malaviya had been suffering from depression for the past few days, reports said

A Congress party politician has killed himself after failing to secure a nomination for the forthcoming assembly elections in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, police said.

Narsingh Malaviya took poison at his home in Agar town in Ujjain district on Thursday. He was taken to hospital in a serious condition, where he died.

Reports said he had been suffering from depression for the past few days.

Elections to the state assembly are due on 25 November.

Protests by aspiring politicians on being denied nominations are common, but correspondents say reports of suicides are rare.

Mr Malaviya was disappointed after the Congress party nominated Madhu Gehlot from Agar constituency, reports said.

On Tuesday, he had burned an effigy to protest against the party leadership.

Reports say this is the second time his demand for nomination was rejected.

"I had put Mr Malaviya's name in the list of nominations, but he was not chosen and the party nominated someone else," Congress MP from Ujjain Sajjan Singh Verma told BBC Hindi.

"Mr Malaviya was an emotional man. He took this extreme step in disappointment which is very sad," Mr Verma added.

More on This Story

More India stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

  • TricycleTreasure trove

    The lost property shop stuffed with diamonds, bikes... and a leg


  • Boris Nemtsov'I loved Nemtsov'

    A murder in an atmosphere of hatred and intolerance


  • Image of George from Tube CrushTube crush

    How London's male commuters set Chinese hearts racing


  • INDHUJA'Dorky tomboy'

    The Indian who attracted proposals through honesty


Elsewhere on the BBC

Programmes

  • Kinetic sculpture violinClick Watch

    The "kinetic sculpture" that can replicate digital files and play them on a violin

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.