Flashback to the country’s first general election, Mr Mangru Ganu Uikey (Cong) prevailed and his winning streak continued unbroken for the next four polls as well. The Congress tasted defeat for the first time in 1977 when the Janata Party’s Shyam Lal Dhurve finished first. There was a comeback by the Congress three years later and it remained entrenched till 1996.
The constituency comprises the Assembly segments Shahpura, Dindori, Bichhiya, Niwas, Mandla, Keolari, Lakhanadon and Gotegaon. Six are Congress-controlled and the remainder in saffron hands. Scheduled Tribes make up a significant percentage of this district’s population. (UNI)