Bhopal: Eight Madhya Pradesh Lok Sabha seats go to polls in the last and final seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections on May 19. Let’s take a look at seats of Dewas, Ujjain, Mandsaur and Ratlam:
Dewas: This constituency is reserved for candidates of Scheduled Castes. It is not only historically significant, being a part of erstwhile Gwalior state, but holds archaeological importance too. In 2014, BJP’s Manohar Singh Untwal had defeated Cong’s Sajjan Kumar Verma. This year, BJP has fielded Mahendra Solanki against Congress’ Prahlad Tipaniya.
Ujjain: This seat is reserved for SC candidates. The historic city of Ujjain, an integral part of this constituency, is the administrative headquarters of the Ujjain district. The economy is garnered through its tourism sector famous because of its architecture. It boasts of some popular Hindu temples. In 2014, BJP’s Chintamani Malviya defeated his closest rival, Congress’ Premchand Guddu. This year, BJP has fielded Anil Firojiya against Congress’ Babulal Malviya.
Mandsaur: Besides its rich historical and archaeological tradition going back to the Mahabharata days, the districts of Mandsaur and Neemuch are renowned for being the largest producers of opium not only in the country but around the world. In 2014, Sudhir Gupta of BJP had defeated Cong’s Meenakshi Natarajan. This year, Congress has fielded Natarajan again while BJP’s sitting MP defends his seat.
Ratlam: Reserved for members of the Scheduled Tribes, this parliamentary constituency has been announced as one of the most backward districts in the country and receives regular funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme as per the Government of India scheme. Its women make ethnic handicraft products as this region has a strong Adivasi presence. In 2014, BJP’s Dileepsingh Bhuria had defeated Kanti Lal Bhuria of Congress. This time, while Congress has repeated its candidate, BJP has fielded G S Damor.