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Churhat

Churhat is still dear for the Congress Working Committee member Arjun Singh as his son Ajay Singh "Rahul", a minister in Digvijay Singh cabinet will be seeking re-election from here.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2003 15:16 IST

Churhat a small rural town located in Vindhya region of Madhya Pradesh, Sidhi district, shot into national limelight for two things- one due to the emergence of senior Congress leader Arjun Singh and the infamous Churhat Lottery Scam involving Mr Singh and his relatives.

Churhat is still dear for the Congress Working Committee member Arjun Singh as his son Ajay Singh "Rahul", a minister in Digvijay Singh cabinet will be seeking re-election from here. Ajay had stepped into the footsteps of his illustrious father by winning a by-election from Churhat in 1985 after the former vacated the seat following his elevation as Governor of Punjab. He again won a by-election in 1991 when Arjun Singh vacated the seat after being inducted as Human Resources Development Minister in the PV Narasimha Rao cabinet.

He had successfully contested the regular assembly elections from here in 1998 and went on to become a minister. Ajay Singh had also taken on the BJP veteran and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Sunderlal Patwa in 1993 from Bhojpur, which he had lost.

Arjun Singh, who had won from here for four terms is undoubtedly the mascot of Churhat. He has initiated several development schemes in the region and even was instrumental in getting a few industries here while he was the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. The people of the region still has close ties with Arjun Singh and would do anything to support his son.

Churhat is a Brahmin, Thakur dominated constituency with a sizeable number of other backward class. According to the 2001 census figures Churhat has a population of about 15 per cent Brahmins and 40 per cent Scheduled Tribes and 10 per cent Scheduled Castes. Kurmis, Rajputs and Ahirs constitute about six per cent each. Moreover there are about three per cent Muslims who also play a decisive role in the poll outcome.

 Year WinnerParty Runner-up Party Victory margin 
1998 Ajay Singh INC Govind Prasad Mishra BJP 18,000
1993 Govind Prasad BJP Chintaman Tiwari INC   2,426
1990 Arjun Singh INC Govind Prasad Mishra BJP 16,075
1985 Arjun Singh INC Ravi Nandan Singh BJP 35,595
1980 Arjun Singh INC Chandra Pratap Tiwari JNP 24,000
1977 Arjun Singh INC Jagat Bahadur Singh JNP   7,700
1972 Chandra Pratap INC Shyam Lal Ind   5,890

Detailed result: 1998