12 Nov 2023

Madhya Pradesh Elections 2023: Quadrangular electoral battle in Chitrakoot, can BJP snatch a win

Satna: Ahead of  Madhya Pradesh Elections 2023, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been eagerly awaiting a victory on the Chitrakoot assembly seat in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh since 2008. This time, the competition is quadrangular.

Chitrakoot, situated on the border of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, is currently under the control of the Congress. Chitrakoot is renowned as the taposthali (meditation place) of Lord Rama, and the workplace of the national sage Nana Ji Deshmukh. But securing a win here has not been easy for BJP.

BJP's Surendra Singh won in 2008

In 2008, BJP's Surendra Singh Gaharwar won for the first time, defeating Congress candidate Prem Singh by a narrow margin. In 2013, Congress' Prem Singh successfully reclaimed the Chitrakoot assembly constituency. Since then, the BJP has been striving for another win, but success has eluded them. This time, the BJP has fielded Surendra Singh Gaharwar.

In 1993, Bahujan Samajwadi Party's (BSP) Ganesh Bari secured a victory on this seat. From 2008 onwards, Congress has held control of this seat. This time, Congress' current MLA Neelanshu Chaturvedi faces a challenge to retain his seat, while BJP's Surendra Singh Gaharwar is under pressure to replicate the performance of 2008. 

Dauli Sharma now contesting under BSP flag

The defection of BJP's Dauli Sharma, who is now contesting under the BSP flag, adds an interesting dimension to the electoral arena. Besides, former Congressman and son-in-law of Prem Singh, Sanjay Singh Kachhawah, is contesting as a candidate of the Samajwadi Party (SP). Thus the competition in this assembly constituency is quadrangular.

The responsibility for victory in this area lies with the tribal voters. Congress has traditionally won with the support of Brahmins and tribal communities. The total number of voters in this constituency is 219,381, and their decision on November 17 will determine the fate of 16 candidates.

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