Kirars hold sway in Budhni polls
MOST VOTERS these days cast their vote in favour of candidates belonging to their own caste, irrespective of their ideology and political affiliations.india Updated: Apr 30, 2006 15:14 IST
MOST VOTERS these days cast their vote in favour of candidates belonging to their own caste, irrespective of their ideology and political affiliations.
A split in the 20,900-odd Kirar votes in the Budhni assembly constituency appears eminent as the two candidates; Shivraj Singh Chauhan (Bharatiya Janata Party) and Raj Kumar Patel (Congress) belong to the same caste.
Kirars hold good influence in and around Budhni.
Some of them are very popular too. Kirar candidates, representing different political parties, have won assembly elections from Budhni from 1985 to 1998 in a row.
Budhni assembly constituency has 1,74,774 voters, including 92,299 males spread over 189 polling booths. According to available caste-wise information there are about 21,000 Gonds and Korkus, 13,982 Bheels, 20,972 backward classes, 18,000 minority communities, 8,738 Kalota Panwar, 8,730 Barela, 5,991 Yadav, 5244 Keers and several others.
Budhni almost invariably witnessed direct fights during earlier elections, but entry of the GGP in the political arena the contest appears triangular this year, as the new entrant has started making inroads in the traditional vote bank of the other political parties.
Two independent candidates have won assembly elections from Budhni in the past, Banshi Dhar Parashar in 1962 and Saligram Shrivastava in 1972.
Shrivastava was re-elected from the same constituency as a Janata Party candidate in 1977. Others who won from this constituency include Mohan Lal Shishir (Jana Sangh - 1967), K N Pradhan (Congress - 1980), Chauhan Singh Chauhan (Cong - 1985), Shivraj Singh Chouhan (BJP - 1990), Raj Kumar Patel (Cong - 1993), Deo Kumar Patel (Cong - 1998) and Rajendra Singh (BJP - 2003).
However, Singh vacated the seat to pave way for Shivraj Singh Chouhan to contest from there.
Budhni supply under MPSEB watch
WITH THE Election Commission getting tough with the State bureaucracy to ensure strict enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct in Budhni by-elections from where Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is contesting elections, the far-off MP State Electricity Board (MPSEB) headquarters - Shakti Bhawan — here too is feeling the heat of the ensuing poll..
After introducing in Budhni power cuts equal to the period of load shedding prevailing in other parts of MP, obviously in the wake of EC directive, the MPSEB load dispatch centre was keeping a hawk-like eye on the power supply to that place going to the polls on May 3, despite the fact that the onus of power supply to Budhni rests on MP Central Power Distribution Company Limited (MPCPDCL), Bhopal.
The load dispatch centre is ensuring that Budhni doesn’t get not even a minute’s excess electricity supply than the schedule.