Ratlam/Jhabua (Madhya Pradesh): The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party today received a major jolt in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh where it lost the prestigious by election for the Ratlam-Jhabua paliamentary seat which has been recaptured by former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Kantilal Bhuria who defeated his main rival Nirmala Bhuria of the BJP by 88000 votes.
This seat was won by Dilip Singh Bhuria, the father of Ms. Buria (the defeated BJP candidate) in the 2014 election. His death in June this year led to the by-election.
The Congress victory in Ratlam-Jhabua is significant and today’s result comes as a blow to the State Chief Minister Shivraj Singh’s popularity and his “invincible” image. After the results came in Kantilal Bhuria described this election as a direct contest between him and the chief minister.
The work done by the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram among the tribals in this territory would come under the scanner of the RSS mandarins as the projection that the BJP has been able to win over the tribals, who were seen as a strong support base of the Congress till the BJP came to power in Madhya Pradesh in 2003 has got completely knocked down and this is amply demonstrated by the over-riding support the Congress got in terms of votes in Jhabua and Alirajpur Assembly segments.
With the Ratlam-Jhabua election result staring the BJP in the face, the ruling party has very little to gloat over its victory in the Dewas Assembly by election. This Assembly seat got vacated by the death of former Minister Tukoji Rao Puar. His wife Gayatri Devi has won this seat.