SITUATED IN Nimad region the Pandhana assembly (S/C) constituency has been witnessing close contests between the traditional rivals Congress and the saffron brigade since 1962.
After the Congress victory in the 1962 election by a razor-thin margin of 620 votes, the Bharatiya Jansangh turned the table on the Congress in the next elections in 1967.
In 1962 Devkaran of the Congress defeated the Bharatiya Jansangh’ Sobharam. In 1967, the Bharatiya Jansangh’s Phulchand polled 21312 votes against his nearest Congress rival Saheblal who got 11895 votes to snatch the seat.
In the 1972 polls, Sakharam Devkaran Patel of Bharatiya Jansangh polled 29326 votes to defeat Congress’ Jaga by a margin of 12215 votes. During the Janata Party wave in 1977 Sakharam Devkaran Patel polled 65.23 per cent votes (25328) as Janata party nominee to defeat Heeralal Silavat of the Congress by a margin of 11825 votes. In 1980, Devkaran repeated the feat defeating Congress’ new face Rupchand Ramchandra Arya by a margin of 4130 votes. The two polled 25099 votes and 20969 votes respectively.
In 1985, the Congress snatched the seat from the saffron brigade after about 18 years. Party nominee Heeralal Silavat beat the BJP’s Phulchand Heeralal by 8673 votes. The two polled 27498 and 18825 votes repectively.
In 1990, BJP’s Kishorilal Verma polled 34708 votes to defeat the Congress’ Sakharam Patel by 11469 votes. In 1993, Kishorilal Verma’s won the seat, though with a declined vote percentage, defeating Heeralal Silavat by 9154 votes. The two polled 35652 and 26498 votes respectively.
In 1998, the Congress’ Heeralal Patel avenged his defeat outwitting Kishorilal Verma in a close contest by 2784 votes. Patel polled 37723 votes while Verma got 34939 votes. In the 2003 elections, Kishorilal Verma snatched the seat from Silavat securing 56236 votes. Silavat could muster 39416 votes.