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|October 12, 1999||
A mixed bag of victories and defeats in MP
Akhilesh Awasthy in Bhopal
Former chief minister Motilal Vora and Congress spokesman Ajit Jogi were among the less fortunate members of the dissolved Lok Sabha, who after making their maiden entry to the lower house of Parliament only 13 months back, failed to retain their seats.
As many as 32 out of the 40 members of the twelfth Lok Sabha from Madhya Pradesh sought re-election. However, only 25 of them emerged victorious.
Vora contested his maiden Lok Sabha election in 1998 from Rajnandgaon and won. He sought re-election from the same constituency this year but was defeated by Dr Raman of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Former Rajya Sabha member Ajit Jogi won his first Lok Sabha election last year when he captured the Raigarh (st) seat in the Chhattisgarh region of the state. He shifted to Shahdol (st) this time where he was defeated by socialist leader Dalpat Singh Paraste, who had joined the BJP just days before the election.
Besides Vora and Jogi, Chandra Shekhar Sahu (Mahasamund) and Chandra Mani Tripathi (Rewa) of the BJP too failed to repeat their last year's success.
However, there were some exceptions. Ramanand Singh (Satna), Charandas Mahant (Janjgir), Sohan Potai (Kanker), Baliram Kashyap (Bastar), Gajendra Singh Rajukhedi (Dhar) and Kantilal Bhuria, who had won for the first time in 1998, retained their seats.
And if there were leaders like Jogi and Vora, who were allowed to bask in the glory of their victories for a very short period of time, there were others who continued their winning streak.
Chief Minister Digvijay Singh's younger brother, Laxman Singh, who entered the Lok Sabha for the first time through a by-election in 1994, faced four elections in five years and won them all from the Rajgarh constituency.
Also, there are nine candidates, all of the BJP, who scored hattricks with their victories this time. They are: Tarachand Sahu (Durg), Nandkumar Singh (Khandwa), Thavar Chand Gehlot (Shajapur), Vijay Kumar Khandelwal (Betul), Faggan Singh Kulaste (Mandla), Punnulal Mohile (Bilaspur), Virendra Kumar (Sagar), Ramlakhan Singh (Bhind) and Ashok Argal (Morena).
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