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MP voters reject Congress' women candidates

Only two women Congress candidates emerged successful in spite of the party fielding a record number of 34 nominees in Madhya Pradesh.

india Updated: Dec 05, 2003 12:13 IST

People in Madhya Pradesh were not fair to the candidates of fair sex put up by the Congress though they made history by backing to the hilt the BJP which projected a woman as the chief ministerial candidate.

This was because only two women Congress candidates emerged successful in spite of the party fielding a record number of 34 nominees to neutralise the the BJP's projection of Uma Bharti as its chief ministerial candidate.

The two who survived the the BJP onslaught were Deputy Chief Minister Jamuna Devi, who won from her pocketborough Kukshi in Dhar district, and Pushplata Kavre from Kimapur.

As against this, BJP which had fielded 18 women, managed to get as many as 14 of them elected.

Led by none other than Uma Bharti, who won with the highest margin of 31,698 among the fairer sex, they included Yashodhara Raje Scindia from Shivpuri, Kusum Singh Mehendle from Panna and Nirmala Bhuria, daughter of former BJP MP Dilip Singh Bhuria, from Petlawad.

The only successful candidate of Janata Dal (U) was Saroj Bachchan Nayak from Badwara who defeated her BJP rival Subhash Patel by a margin of 5548 votes.

First Published: Dec 05, 2003 12:13 IST