Bhopal: Eight Madhya Pradesh seats go to polls on May 19 in the last phase of Lok Sabha elections. Here’s a look at the seats of Dhar, Indore, Khargone and Khandwa:
Dhar: The economy of the Dhar constituency is dependent on tourism besides agriculture and natural mineral reserves. In 2014, Savitri Thakur of BJP had defeated Umang Singhar of Congress. This seat is reserved for candidates of Scheduled Tribes. This year, both parties have different candidates in the fray. While BJP has fielded Chattar Singh Durbar, Congress has Dinesh Girwal as its candidate.
Indore: The oldest industries in Indore as those of the textile manufacturing and trading, other small-, medium- and large-scale industries also flourish in the district. BJP’s Sumitra Mahajan has defeated Congress candidate Satyanarayan Patel by a huge margin in 2014. However, this time Mahajan has bowed out of the race. Congress has fielded Pankaj Sanghvi while BJP is still to decide.
Khargone: It comprises one of the backward districts of Madhya Pradesh and receives government fund. It is a constituency reserved for members of the Scheduled Tribes. In 2014, BJP’s Subhash Patel had defeated Congress candidate Ramesh Patel by a good margin. However, this year, BJP has fielded Gajendra Patel and giving him a fight is Congress candidate Dr Govind Muzzalda.
Khandwa: Although it has a good agricultural production of seasonal crops, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj has identified Khandwa as one of India’s 250 most backward districts in 2006 and it falls among the 24 MP districts which receive funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme. Sitting MP is BJP’s Nandkumar Singh Chauhan who defeated Congress candidate Arun Subhash Chandra Yadav by a big margin. This year, the two parties have repeated their candidates.