Ratlam: Likewise the election battle, all eyes are fixed now on the results of the Ratlam parliamentary seat, which included three assembly segments of Ratlam, three of Jhabua and two of Alirajpur districts. The election results have become important in the sense that for the first time BJP claimed with full confidence that it has outperformed the Congress in the elections and results will reflect it.
The main fight on this seat was between BJP’s Dilip Singh Bhuria and Kantilal Bhuria of Congress. BJP could not in any parliament elections win this seat and therefore if the BJP wins from this seat this time as has been claimed new history will be written. BJP also claimed that higher percentage of votes will go in favour of BJP.
Preparations for the counting of the votes are complete and counting of three assembly segments of Ratlam district i.e. Ratlam city,Ratlam rural and Sailana will take place here and results will be sent to Jhabua for the announcement after compilation of the data of all the eight assembly segments of this parliamentary seat.
BJP is more optimistic about its victory for the first time from this parliamentary seat because it had outperformed the Congress in the last year’s assembly elections and there was clear effect of the Modi wave in the whole parliamentary seat.
From Ratlam-Jhabua-Alirajpur parliamentary seat, in the parliamentary elections’ history either Congress emerged victorious or socialists. But, since 1980 Congress had won all the parliament elections. Socialists had won the elections from this seat in 1971 and 1977 but later Socialists lost their base substantially and at its place BJP emerged at the second place, but it could not snatch the seat from the Congress.
The significant feature of this parliament election remained that not only the voting percentage remained higher but the turnout of the youths casting their votes was very high. Total 10 candidates were in fray in the parliament elections including JD, BSP and AAP party candidates but the real fight was between BJP and Congress.
Political observers said that if BJP’s Dilip Singh Bhuria wins the elections and NDA forms the government at the Centre then the chances of Bhuria getting some good assignment in the Modi’s cabinet is a big probability. Bhuria is not only a senior tribal leader but also had good rapport with Narendra Modi due to Jhabua being the bordering area of Gujarat and many times in the last ten years Bhuria went to Gujrat for the poll campaigning for the BJP candidates.
During the AB Vajpayee’s Prime Ministership, Dilip Singh Bhuria was made Chairman of the ST Commission of India. The supporters of Bhuria are also optimistic that on winning the parliamentary elections Dilip Singh Bhuria will get some important assignment at the centre as he will be winning the seat for the BJP, which it could not win earlier.
Congress candidate Kantilal Bhuria if defeated will face serious challenges for the his political career as during his tenure as PCC Chief Congress performed very bad in the assembly elections. Though Kantilal Bhuria is backed by Digvijay singh but after the defeat in the assembly elections in state, Kantilal Bhuria has fallen from the eyes of Congress High command and which was visible when he was removed from the post of PCC Chief.
Loosing the parliament elections will mean for Kantilal Bhuria to struggle for the political base in the tribal belt as it is history of the tribal belt of this parliamentary seat that once a political party losses its clout then it become difficult for it to remerge and to repeat the history. The results of the parliamentary seat of Ratlam-Jhabua and Alirajpur will have far reaching effects in the political sphere of Congress and BJP both.