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Folk singer takes on ex-judge in Dewas LS seat of MP

Press Trust of India  |  Indore 

The seat of in presents a different picture this time as two political greenhorns from the main rivals and are locked in a keen tussle for electoral supremacy.

The has fielded noted Prahlad Singh Tipaniya from the seat reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates, while the has given ticket to Mahendra Singh Solanki, who resigned from the post of to enter into the poll fray.

Tipaniya, 65, a Padma Shri awardee, has been seen trying to woo voters by reciting Kabir bhajans in the Malwi folk style while playing his 'tambura' (a stringed instrument with a long neck).

When arrived in Shujalpur area of constituency on Saturday for campaigning, Tipaniya sang one of his popular folk numbers.

Gandhi was seen making a video of Tipaniya's rendition on his mobile phone which he later uploaded on his handle.

"I have joined politics to generate a positive thinking about the public and the folk music can help in this direction," Tipaniya told

The promised that if he wins the election, he will make all efforts to ensure supply of basic amenities to people and also work to promote folk singing.

On the other hand, candidate Solanki has been seeking votes by highlighting the achievements of Prime Minister and his government's stand on national security.

"When I was as a judge, I could hear grievances only of those who came to my court. But after entering politics, my area of public service has widened. As a politician, I can reach out to more deprived and oppressed people and work to resolve their problems," the 35-year-old BJP nominee said.

Nearly 10.97 lakh people are eligible to exercise their franchise in the seat, which will go to polls on May 19.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP Manohar Untwal won from the seat.

Untwal also successfully contested the last year's state Assembly polls from Agar seat following which he quit as a member of the Lok Sabha.

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First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 12:56 IST