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Tapkara (ST)

The contest in Tapkara, a scheduled tribe reserved constituency will be watched keenly by observers as the BJP veteran and leader of BJP in the Chhattisgarh assembly Nand Kumar Sai will be seeking re-election.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2003 15:16 IST

The contest in Tapkara, a scheduled tribe reserved constituency will be watched keenly by observers as the BJP veteran and leader of BJP in the Chhattisgarh assembly Nand Kumar Sai will be seeking re-election. Sai had won from Tapkara for tree times, the first being in 1977.

Apart from his image as a leader of the tribals Nand Kumar Sai has rose to great heights in his political career that includes being heading the BJP's Madhya Pradesh unit. Now, with the bifurcation of Chhattisgarh into a separate state Sai is among the few senior BJP leaders left in the new state.

What is surprising about Tapkara constituency is the fact that despite it being a tribal dominated constituency it has always voted against the Congress. Never has a Congress candidate been elected to the state assembly from here since 1967.

 Year WinnerParty Runner-up Party Victory margin 
1998 Nand Kumar Sai BJP Ishwar Sai INC 10,734
1993 Vishnudeo Sai BJP Ishwar Sai INC   3,444
1990 Vishnu Sai BJP Theodore Ekka INC 14,566
1985 Nand Kumar Sai BJP Dineshwar Sai INC   1,599
1980 Dineshwar Sai INC Nand Kumar Sai BJP   1,823
1977 Nand Kumar Sai JNP JP Dhan Kanwar INC   7,249
1972 Dineshwar Sai BJS Kedarnath Sai INC   6,668
1967  Kedar Nath BJS Lochan Sai INC   2,106

Detailed Results 1998