India, May 5 -- In a major setback to the Congress party, a division bench of the Madhya Pradesh Indore high court dismissed the petition of a Congress substitute candidate, Moti Singh, filed against rejection of his candidature from Indore.

Singh on April 30 filed a petition to a single bench to accept his nomination after Akshay Kanti Bam withdrew his name as the Congress candidate, but it was rejected following which he approached the division bench.

The Congress candidate from Indore, Bam, withdrew his nomination and joined the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on April 29.

The division bench of judges SA Dharmaadhikari and Gajendra Singh upheld the single bench's decision, saying, "Considering the peculiar facts and circumst...