she emerged as the lone candidate for the top post for the December 10 elections.
Usha is being seen as a candidate of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party which had nominated her to the Rajya Sabha in July.
The deceased, Jayanti, 22, hailed from Tamil Nadu.
'I came to know about her deteriorating health condition in 2018, but never thought we would lose her this early,' writes Usha.
The veteran athlete said doping was a serious issue in the country that needs to be addressed.
The iconic former track and field athlete has maintained that she will continue to work for sports.
BJP Kerala has also claimed there was no political motive behind Usha's nomination by the Narendra Modi government.
Philanthropist and administrator of the Dharmasthala temple Veerendra Heggade and noted screenwriter V Vijayendra Prasad were also nominated to the Upper House of Parliament.
The legendary athletics trainer, who was India's first Dronacharya Awardee, died at his residence at Vadakara in Kozhikode on Thursday.
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