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Lok Sabha polls:In Dindori tribal seat, Left hopes for revival

Press Trust of India  |  Nashik 

(ST) constituency in is being keenly watched for its tribal profile, where the BJP is fighting the battle to retain the seat by fielding an NCP turncoat against CPI (M) Jeeva Pandu Gavit for the April 29 Lok Sabha elections.

The tribal-dominated taluka is part of district in north

In two held in 2009 and 2014, constituency, which was formed after delimitation in 2008, elected BJP's Harishchandra Chavan on both the occasions.

However, this time, Chavan was not renominated by the BJP which has instead given a ticket to Bharti Pawar, a former of the

Pawar is squaring off against Gavit, a seven-time MLA, and Dhanraj Mahale of the NCP.

In the 2009 contest, polled 1,05,352 votes aginst Chavan whose winning tally stood at 2,81,254 votes.

In 2014 polls, Pawar was the first runner-up from the constituency who polled 1,95,165 votes. The CPI (M)'s Hemant Waghere had finished third by bagging 72,599 votes.

Presently, Dindori constituency comprises six legislative assembly segments, namely Nandgaon, (ST), Chandwad, Yevla, Niphad and Dindori (ST) seats.

NCP's is the sitting MLA from Nandgaon, and his fatherChhagan Bhujbal, a former minister, from Yevla.

Gavit represents (ST) seat, while Chandvad and Niphad constituencies are held by the BJP and the Shiv Sena, respectively.

Most of the tribals who took part in the long march of farmers from to in 2018, came from Dindori.

Gavit was one of the Leftist leaders responsible for organising the protest for demands like allotting the forest land titles to tribals. That show of strength by farmers and tribals had forced the to take some immediate measures on their demands.

The total 17,28,978 electors in Dindori are mainly divided into three blocs, namely the tribal, the Maratha and Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

Gavit had said that defeating the "anti-farmer" BJP was his goal to contest the elections.

For the BJP, the likely stand of Chavan, who is reportedly sulking since he was denied renomination, and his supporters is an important factor in organising the strategy.

Land titles for the tribals tilling forest land, agrarian distress, drought are the important issues in the constituency.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 17:35 IST
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