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Lok Sabha election 2019: Gujarat’s Chhota Udaipur has elected only Rathwas

Chhota Udaipur has seen keen contests between the Congress and the BJP over last several Lok Sabha elections.

lok sabha elections Updated: Mar 14, 2019 15:09 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Chhota Udaipur Lok Sabha seat,Lok Sabha election,Gujarat
Ramsinh Rathwa is the two-time sitting MP from Chhota Udaipur Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat.

Chhota Udaipur is one of the 26 parliamentary constituencies in Gujarat. Reserved for the members of Scheduled Tribe community, Chhota Udaipur has elected only Rathwas since 1977 Lok Sabha election. Rathwas are a tribal group in Gujarat.

Two-time sitting MP Ramsinh Rathwa of the BJP defeated Naranbhai Rathwa of the Congress in 2014 at the Chhota Udaipur seat. The two have dominated this parliamentary seat in the last eight general elections.

Naranbhai Rathwa has won this seat five times – the last three as Congress candidate - while Ramsinh Rathwa was elected on the other three occasions.

With a strong agricultural economy, Chhota Udaipur is one of the most prosperous districts of Gujarat. It was carved out of the Vadodara district in 2013.

Seven assembly segments comprise the Chhota Udaipur Lok Sabha constituency. These assembly segments are, Chhota Udaipur, Halol, Dabhoi, Nandod, Sankheda, Jetpur and Padra. Four of these assembly seats are reserved for ST candidates.

Chhota Udaipur Lok Sabha Constituency: Key Facts

Total number of voters in 2014: 1,101,623

Votes polled in 2014 elections: 68 per cent

Sitting MP, Party: Ramsinh Rathwa, BJP

Votes polled by winning candidate in 2014: 607,916

Percentage of votes polled by winning candidate: 55 per cent

Winning margin in 2014: 1,79,729

Runner-up candidate’s name, party (2014): Naranbhai Jemalalbhai Rathwa, Indian National Congress

Votes polled by runner-up in 2014: 4,28,187

Number of polling booths in 2014: 1,979

Number of women voters: 5,07,350

First Published: Mar 14, 2019 15:08 IST