• Press Trust of India, PTI, Nasik
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  • Updated: Apr 12, 2004 21:13 IST

Dhule (ST) parliamentary seat in Maharashtra will witness a straight fight between Congress' Bapu Hari Choure and BJP's Ramdas Rupala Govit, sitting MP.

Two others are also in the fray- Govind Shankar Jadhav (BSP) and Machhindranath Bade (Ind) but don't count for much, observers say.

Dhule which goes to the polls on April 20, has 10,73,745 voters including 5,27,047 women. It has a total 998 polling centres scattered in six assembly segments -- Dhule, Sakri, Shirpur, Shindkheda, Kusumba and Kalvan.

In 1999 general elections Gavit won on a BJP ticket, defeating Congress Choure by a margin of 12,985 votes and BJP has this time re-fielded Gavit while Congress has once again trusted candidature of Choure.

Choure, who contested from Dhule in 1991, 1996 and 1999 could manage to win in 1996.

Both contestants are campaigning vigorously and are concentrating on door-to-door contact with voters in the rural sector assuring people of solving the drinking-water problem and other developmental matters.

Government machinery headed by Collector Dilip Band, who is also returning officer and Superintendent of Police Abdur Raheman, is all geared up to ensure smooth polling.

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