New Delhi: The Sidhi constituency in Madhya Pradesh is reserved for Scheduled Tribe candidates. The assembly segments of Devsar, Dhauhani, Beohari and Chitrangi are reserved for candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste community.

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The incumbent MP from Sidhi is BJP’s Riti Pathak who is now seeking another term against the Congress’ Ajay Singh Rahul. The Sidhi Lok Sabha seat has predominantly witnessed a BJP-Congress fight since its inception in 1962.

Riti Pathak in 2014 trumped over the Congress’s Indrajeet Kumar by nearly 1,00,000 votes.

The Shahdol district has a total of 1271044 voters and is known for the Virateshwar Temple.

The sitting MP Dalpat Singh from the BJP defeated Congress’s Rajesh Nandini Singh by over 2,41,000 votes. For the most part, the constituency has seen a battle between the BJP and the Congress since 1957- with both parties winning it five times each.

This Lok Sabha election, the Shahdol battleground will see contest between Himadri Singh of the BJP and Congress’ Pramila Singh.

BJP’s Rakesh Singh is seeking a consecutive fourth term as the MP from Jabalpur this Lok Sabha election. The Jabalpur constituency has a total electorate of 1446345, out of which 771186 are male and the remaining 675159 are females.

BJP has registered the most number of MPs from Jabalpur since 1957 than Congress- with both parties being the traditional opponents. Rakesh Singh has been the sitting MP since 2004 and is now contesting against Vivek Tankha of the Congress.

One of the 29 parliamentary constituencies of Madhya Pradesh, Mandla is reserved for Scheduled Tribe candidates. According to an ECI report 2009, there are total 1,528,061 electorates, out of which 746,375 are females and 781,686 are males.

This Lok Sabha has traditionally seen a contest between BJP and the Congress, with the Grand Old Party registering more number of MPs than its counterpart. BJP’s Faggan Singh Kulaste is the sitting MP from Mandla and is seeking re-election against the Congress’ Kamal Maravi.

Faggan had won the 2014 elections against Congress’ Omkar Singh Markam by approximately 1,10,000 votes.

The Balaghat Parliamentary constituency  has a total of 1,339,239 electorates out of which 652,928 are females and 686,311 are males according to an ECI 2009 report. It comprises of eight legislative assembly segments. Reportedly, this constituency is one of Madhya Pradesh’s lesser developed regions.

Balaghat has also seen the BJP and the Congress locked in electoral contest for the most part of its existence. The incumbent MP Bodhsingh Bhagat trounced the Congress’ Hina Likhiram Kawre by around 96,000 votes in 2014. This time Balaghat will see a contest between Dhal Singh Bisen of the BJP and Madhu Bhagat from the Congress.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s constituency Chhindwara came into existence in 1951. It consists of 1154249 electorates, out of which 605865 are males, whereas 548384 are females, as 2009 data from the ECI suggests.

Chhindwara is a Kamal Nath stronghold with the imcumbent CM winning the Lok Sabha elections nine times, starting from 1980 to 2014. Even without Nath, the Chhindwara constituency is a Congress bastion. In 2014, Nath triumphed over the BJP candidate Choudhary Chandrabhan Kuber Singh by nearly 1,00,000 votes.

This time the contest is between BJP’s Natthan Shah and the Congress’ Nakul Nath, who is Kamal Nath’s son.