Banswara parliamentary constituency, inhabited largely by tribal people, is a reserved constituency for the scheduled tribe (ST) candidate.
Since 1952, Congress has won 12 times from the seat, while Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could win only once in 2004, and therefore it is considered
a Congress bastion.
However, BJP seems to be on a strong wicket in the coming general elections, partly because Narendra Modi and team worked hard to impress the voters during the last assembly elections and won the Banswara seat.
The Modi charisma could also be witnessed in neighbouring Dungarpur district, which, along with Banswara, shares border with Gujarat.
The sitting minister of parliament (MP) Tarachand Bhagora of Congress has won from the parliamentary seat thrice — 1996-1998, 1999-2004 and 2009-2014.
But what is worrying for Congress this time is that in the last assembly elections, the party lost in seven of the eight assembly constituencies in Banswara parliamentary constituency.
The party lost in Dungarpur, Ghatol, Bagidora, Sagwara, Garhi, Kushalgarh, Chorasi and Banswara and won only in Sagwara assembly constituency.
The results were nearly opposite in 2008 assembly elections, when Congress had won from six assembly constituencies and BJP failed to open an account in the parliamentary constituency.
The remaining two seats were shared between Janata Dal (United), which won Kushalgarh seat, and an independent, who won from Ghatol assembly constituency.
Looking into earlier elections, BJP won in 2003 assembly elections followed by another victory in 2004 parliamentary elections, in which the party won 21 out of 25 parliamentary seats and Congress could win only on four seats.
However, Congress bounced back in 2008 assembly elections and formed government in Rajasthan.
The party also won in 2009 parliamentary elections bagging 20 seats. BJP had to remain content with only three seats. One seat was won by an independent candidate.
In the coming elections, Congress would leave no stone unturned to retain its bastion , but the party does not seem comfortably placed keeping in view the Modi popularity in the country.
Congress has announced its candidate Resham Malviya, wife of Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya, the sitting MLA of Congress party from Bagidora, while BJP has announced Manshankar Ninama. It seems Bhagora was denied ticket due to anti-incumbency.
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