Madhya Pradesh Assembly Polls 2018: Brahmin, Mali and Muslim pockets focus of BJP-Congress

Ujjain: Among the seven constituencies of Ujjain district, Ujjain North constituency remained on focus of the political observers as it was felt that the outcome from this seat will pave the way for formation of either BJP or Congress government in the State. Interestingly as per the records, since 1980 MLAs of a single party have registered victory on both Ujjain North and South seats.

Congress candidates emerged victorious from both these seats thrice that is in 1980, 1985 and 1998 elections where as BJP candidates won from both these seats five times that in 1990, 1993, 2003, 2008 and 2013 elections. Barring 1993, when BJP secured both these seats, the Congress formed its government in the state otherwise on rest six times either Congress or BJP formed its government.

Since 1990, present energy minister Paras Jain is contesting from Ujjain North as BJP and had lost only once in 1998 against Congress’s Rajendra Bharti, though he defeated him in 2003 election and became minister at that time. Both are facing each other for the third time. Jain is the only cabinet minister from Ujjain division, which comprises 29 seats. BJP has won a record 28 seats from here in the last election.

Bharti is PCC vicepresident and his mentor Jyotirditya Scindia made hard efforts for his success. On Wednesday, polling started as usual as was the case of rest six assembly seats, but by 2 pm even people of Ujjain South started roaming in Ujjain North constituency to know and witness the happenings. Observers were focussed their attention towards the Muslim-Bohra, Brahmin and Mali community dominating polling stations as the voters of these communities are believed to be proved decisive. Strategists of both the parties were very particular in ensuring that the independent candidate Maya Trivedi is stopped from making inroads in these pockets.

For BJP Ujjain municipal corporation president Sonu Gehlot and RSS leader Govind Sharma were seen active in Brahmin dominated pockets. BJP candidate got active in Mandi area. For Congress, former Ujjain development authority chairman Rajhajoor Singh Gour and his nephew Dipendra Singh Swar and former corporator Ashok Sharma Jagira were seen canvassing in Kartik Chowk, Singpuri and Pandariba locality. Congress candidate was seen active in Jansapura, Jiwajiganj and Nayapura localities.

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