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VIDISHA

Vidisha occupies an important place amongst the ancient cities of India. Emperor Ashoka was the governor of Vidisha, and the place finds mention in Kalidasa's Meghdoot.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2004 15:31 IST

Vidisha occupies an important place amongst the ancient cities of India. Emperor Ashoka was the governor of Vidisha, and the place finds mention in Kalidasa's Meghdoot. This constituency has the distinction of being represented by none other than Atal Bihar Vajpayee.

Vidisha was part of the Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency in 1957 and 1962. Muslims constitute 10 per cent of the population of Vidisha, Scheduled Castes 20 per cent, Scheduled Tribes 12 per cent, Telis 11 per cent and Kachis and Brahmins around five per cent each. Ahirs and Lodhs are also present in sizable numbers.

Chamars/Jatavs constitute 14 per cent of the total population. Kolis (3%) among the Scheduled Castes and Seharias (8%) among the Scheduled Tribes are dominant.

The winners since 1962 have been M Sultan of the Indian National Congress, S Sharma of the BJS (1967), Ramnath Goenka of the BJS (1971), M Reghavji of the BLD (1977), Pratap B Sharma of the INCI (1980).

In 1984, Pratap B Sharma of the INC defeated M Raghavji of the BJP by ten thousand votes. In 1989 elections, M Raghavji of the BJP defeated Pratap B Sharma of the INC by one lakh and thirty-six thousand votes. In 1991 elections, Atal Bihari Vajpayee of the BJP defeated Pratap B Sharma of the INC by 1.36 lakh votes.

In 1996, Shivraj Singh of the BJP defeated Ridhay Mohan Jain of the INC and in 1998 Shivraj Singh of the BJP defeated Ashutosh Dayal Sharma of the INC.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee won from two constituencies - Vidisha and Lucknow - in 1991. He resigned from Vidisha and in the subsequent by-election, Shivraj Singh Chouhan of the BJP won from here. Vidisha has generally favoured non-Congress candidates. However, in 1980 and 1984, Pratap Bhanu Sharma won from here on Congress ticket. For the 1959 born, Shivraj Singh, this is his 3rd term. He was also MLA during 1990-91.

First Published: Mar 25, 2004 10:52 IST