No party can be sure of their influence in Shahdol LS constituency
Shahdol Lok Sabha constituency is all set to elect its new member of parliament on November 19 in a by-poll. The result will be out on November 22.bhopal Updated: Nov 16, 2016 19:02 IST
Shahdol Lok Sabha constituency is all set to elect its new member of parliament on November 19 in a by-poll. The result will be out on November 22.
The by-poll is necessitated due to demise of the BJP MP Dalpat Singh Paraste in a Gurgaon hospital about six months back.
Tribal dominated constituency hasn’t allowed any party to dominate it for a long time
The tribal dominated constituency has not allowed any political party to dominate it for a long time. In the first Lok Sabha election in 1951 it was a socialist party candidate and another Independent who won the election- Bhagwan Dutta Shastri (SP) and Ramratan Gupta. Then the seat known as Shahdol-Sidhi was represented by two MPs.
The Congress, however, turned the table on the Opposition by wresting the seat and sending its two MPs from there to Lok Sabha in 1957 general elections. Then the seat was renamed as Shahdol Lok Sabha seat.
In 1962 the constituency became just one-MP seat like other constituencies in the country. The constituency was also reserved for tribal candidates with socialists again getting better of the Congress. Socialist Party candidate Buddhu Singh defeated the Congress’ Jhalkan Kumari by a margin of approximately 4000 votes.
Congress bounced back in 1967 and the party retained the seat in 1971 too. However, riding anti-Emergency wave, Bharatiya Lok Dal (BLD) candidate Dalpat Singh Paraste achieved his maiden victory for Lok Sabha in 1977 elections. Congress again bounced back in 1980 with its candidate Dalbir Singh defeating the Janata Party candidate Kundal Singh by a huge margin of about 22% votes. Paraste was on the third position on Janata Party (secular) ticket.
Dalbir Singh and Paraste both are no more. The present Congress candidate Himadri Singh is daughter of Dalbir Singh. Congress retained the seat in 1984 with its candidate Dalbir Singh. Gyan Singh on BJP ticket and Paraste on Janata Party candidate both were defeated. In 1989 elections Janata Dal won the seat with Paraste as its candidate while Dalbir Singh on Congress ticket was defeated. In 1991 Congress and its candidate Dalbir Singh snatched the seat again.
BJP won the seat in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004. Gyan Singh was the MP in 1996 and 1998 while Dalpat Singh Paraste for remaining two terms. Congress’ Rajesh Nandini wrested the seat from the BJP in 2009. BJP through its candidate Narendra Maravi gave a good fight but could secure 39.73% votes against the Congress’ 41.86%. It was Paraste again to win the seat on the BJP ticket in 2014 while the present BJP candidate Gyan Singh had made it to the state assembly in 2013 and became a minister in Shivraj Singh Chouhan cabinet.
Shahdol Lok Sabha seat covers as many as 8 assembly seats situated in four districts-Umaria, Katni, Shahdol and Anuppur with about 16 lakh voters. The assembly constituencies include Jaisinghnagar and Jaitpur (Shahdol), Kotama, Anuppur and Pushprajgarh (Anuppur), Bandhavgarh and Manpur (Umaria) and Badwara (Katni). Gyan Singh represents Bandhavgarh assembly constituency in the state assembly. Out of the 8 seats Kotma and Pushprajgarh are with the Congress and rest with the BJP in the assembly.
‘Pushprajgarh plays a vital role in Lok Sabha election’
A BJP leader says Pushprajgarh plays a vital role in Lok Sabha election. Badwara assembly constituency which has a good number of upper caste voters may also tilt the balance given the issue of reservation. Himadri Singh’s mother once represented Kotma, hence she expects good support from Kotma too besides Anuppur. If any of the candidate could get a lead of 40000 plus from 3 to 4 constituency he may prove winner.
Senior journalist Ajay Jaiswal says since Gyan Singh has been an MP from the constituency he wields influence in the entire region but at the same time since Himadri Singh’s father Dalbir Singh and mother Rajesh Nandini Singh both have been MP from the constituency she also has a mass appeal. Hence, there seems to be a neck and neck fight.