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MANDLA

Mandla is a tribal district of Madhya Pradesh. The world's famous Tiger Sanctuary, Kanha National Park located in the district, is one of the hottest targets for both the domestic as well as foreign tourists.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2004 13:39 IST

Mandla is a tribal district of Madhya Pradesh. The world's famous Tiger Sanctuary, Kanha National Park located in the district, is one of the hottest targets for both the domestic as well as foreign tourists.

It is a reserved constituency, from where only a Scheduled Tribe candidate can contest. The community-wise break up of Mandla is Scheduled Castes (6%), Scheduled Tribe (63%), Ahirs (8%) and others like Telis, Dhimars, Brahmins, and Rajputs around 3% each. Mehras (4%) among the Scheduled Castes and Gonds (51%) and Kols (5%) among the Scheduled Tribes are most dominant.

The winners since 1957 have been MG Uikey of the INC (1957, 1967, 1971), SL Dhurve of the BLD (1977), CL Uikey of the INCI (1980). In 1984, Mohanlal of the INC defeated SL Dhurve of the BJP and in 1989 he defeated Anoop Singh of the BJP. Again in 1991, Mohanlal defeated Ram Bhajan of the BJP.

In 1996 parliamentary elections, Faggan Singh of the BJP defeated Mohanlal of the INC and again in 1998 Faggan defeated Chhote Lal Jike of the INC. Again in the last parliamentary elections of 1999 Faggan Singh was re-elected from this constituency.

Mohan Lal Jhikaram won thrice on Congress ticket from Mandla. He was member, Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly during 1980-83. He was also a minister in the Madhya Pradesh government. For the 1954 born, Faggan Singh, this is his second term. He was earlier MLA for one term.