Despite LS poll loss, Congress happy to win Naxal-hit Bastar Lok Sabha seat

Despite LS poll loss, Congress happy to win Naxal-hit Bastar Lok Sabha seat

RAIPUR: Despite receiving a drubbing in the just held Lok Sabha polls, the Chhattisgarh Congress has drawn consolation by wresting the Naxal-hit Bastar seat, reserved for Scheduled Tribe candidates, which it never won in the past.nnCongress nominee Dipak Baij defeated BJP’s Baiduram Kashyap by a margin of 38,982 votes in Bastar.nnPrior to the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress was hopeful of faring well and winning seats reserved for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates as it won the Assembly polls last year with a thumping majority, uprooting the BJP which ruled the state for 15 years.nnHowever, in the Lok Sabha polls to 11 seats in the state, the results of which were declared last Thursday, the Congress managed to win only two seats – Korba and Bastar.nnBut, the party is happy to have improved its tally from the previous record of winning just one seat in the state in the last three Lok Sabha polls.nn”We performed well in Bastar and Kanker – both reserved for tribal candidates. Though we won only Bastar of these two, the loss margin in Kanker was just 6,914 votes.nnDespite a strong ‘Modi wave’, the Congress has improved its tally in Chhattisgarh to two seats,” state Congress spokesman Shailesh Nitin Trivedi told PTI.nn”It is significant that the party has won a reserved Lok Sabha seat for the first time since the formation of Chhattisgarh in November 2000. The credit goes to Congress’ pro-tribal and pro-farmer measures taken in just two months of formation of its government in the state,” he said.nnPrior to polling in Bastar Lok Sabha seat, ultras last month killed BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi and four security personnel in the region, which has been struggling with Naxal menace for the past three decades.n

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Lok Sabha Duration Name of the Member Party Affiliation
First 1952-57 Muchaki Kosa Independent
Second 1957-62 Surti Kistaiya Indian National Congress
Third 1962-67 Lakhmu Bhawani Independent
Fourth 1967-71 Jhadoo Ram Sunder Lal Independent
Fifth 1971-77 Lambodar Baliar Independent
Sixth 1977-80 D. P. Shah Janata Party
Seventh 1980-84 Laxman Karma Indian National Congress (Indira)
Eighth 1984-89 Manku Ram Sodhi Indian National Congress
Ninth 1989-91 Manku Ram Sodhi Indian National Congress
Tenth 1991-96 Manku Ram Sodhi Indian National Congress
Eleventh 1996-98 Mahendra Karma Independent
Twelfth 1998-99 Baliram Kashyap Bharatiya Janata Party
Thirteenth 1999?04 Baliram Kashyap Bharatiya Janata Party
Fourteenth 2004-09 Baliram Kashyap Bharatiya Janata Party
Fifteenth 2009-11 Baliram Kashyap Bharatiya Janata Party
2011- 14 Dinesh Kashyap Bharatiya Janata Party
Sixteenth 2014?19 Dinesh Kashyap Bharatiya Janata Party
Fourteenth 2019-Incumbent Deepak Baij Indian National Congress

nWith Press Trust of India Inputs

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