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Rajim

Rajim situated 48 km from the capital of Chhattisgarh, Raipur to its south-east. It is situated at the confluence of three holy rivers, the Mahanadi, the Pairi and the Sondu river.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2003 15:16 IST

Rajim situated 48 km from the capital of Chhattisgarh, Raipur to its south-east. It is situated at the confluence of three holy rivers, the Mahanadi, the Pairi and the Sondu river.

Known as "Prayag of Chattisgarh" this place too has an interesting story behind its name. Apparently as legend would have it, the ancient name of Rajim was Kamalkshetra or Padampur. Lord Vishnu is worshipped here in the temple. The group of temples include Kaleshwar Mahadev, Rajiv Lochan, and Rajeshwar temple.

The constituency has been nurtured by senior Congress leader Shyama Charan Shukla who has won from here for five times. Shukla, who was elected trice as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh is still a force to reckon with in the new state politics.

Shukla had won by a handsome margin in 1998, but vacated the seat in 1999 after being elected to the Lok Sabha from Raipur. SC Shukla's son Amitesh Shukla won the by-elections from Rajim and has become a minister in Jogi's cabinet.

Amitesh will find it a tough field this time around with his uncle and senior leader VC Shukla joining the NCP which is all set to play spoil sport to Congress prospects.

 Year WinnerParty Runner-up Party Victory margin 
1998 SC Shukla INC Neena Singh BJP 23,019
1993 SC Shukla INC Ashok Bajaj BJP 36,074
1990 SC Shukla INC Punit Ram Sahu BJP 28,395
1985 Punit Ram Sahu BJP Jiwanlal Sahu INC 10,553
1980 Jiwanlal Sahu INC Punitram BJP     247
1977 Pawan Diwan JNP SC Shukla INC 11,169
1972 SC Shukla INC Pawan Diwan BJS 11,230
1967  SC Shukla INC RRG Rao BJP 10,751

Detailed Results 1998

First Published: Oct 13, 2003 15:16 IST