Narsinghgarvishan Assembly Seat
Rajgarh district of Madhya Pradesh has its own special identity. There are 5 assembly seats under the district, in which only one seat is reserved for Scheduled Caste, the remaining seats are for general category, Narsinghgarh assembly seat is also included in these. Congress has control over 3 out of 5 seats in the district while BJP has control over 2 seats. The BJP candidate had won the famous Narsinghgarh assembly seat of the state in the last elections. The royal family has dominated this seat.
In the 2018 elections, Rajyavardhan Singh, who belongs to the royal family, won the Narsinghgarh seat by defeating Congress candidate Girish Bhandari in a tough contest by a margin of 9,534 votes. However, Rajyavardhan Singh was earlier in Congress and was a Congress MLA from 1985 to 1990. Later, due to differences with former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh, he joined BJP. Rajyavardhan’s father, late Bhanu Pratap Singh, contested both the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in 1962 and won both the elections. Later he went to Lok Sabha.
How many voters, how much population
In the last election on Narsinghgarh seat, there was a contest between 11 candidates in which there was a contest between BJP and Congress. BJP’s Rajyavardhan Singh secured 85,335 votes while Congress’s Girish Bhandari secured 75,801 votes. Rajyavardhan won in a tough contest. 1,581 (0.8%) votes were cast in favor of NOTA. At present there are 2,39,262 voters in Narsihgarh seat, of which 1,21,155 are male and 1,18,105 are female voters.
If we talk about the political history of Narsihgarh seat, there have been 16 elections from 1957 to 2018 in which Congress won in 8 elections, Jan Sangh and BJP won in 7 elections while an independent candidate was victorious once. In the year 1957, Bhanwarlal of Congress won the elections, in 1962, Bhanu Prakash Singh of the royal family won the elections as an independent, who at that time contested both the Rajgarh Lok Sabha and Assembly seats. He had won both the seats.
How was the political history?
Bhanu Prakash Singh left the assembly seat. Then in the by-election, former Congress Chief Minister Kailash Nath Katju, who had lost from Javra assembly seat of Ratlam district, was elected from here. Bhanu Prakash Singh went into central politics. In the year 1967, Krishna Mohan Saxena from Jan Sangh became MLA from here, whose death in a road accident just two and a half to three years after his election, by-elections were held in which Bhagwan Grover of Congress won the election.
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In the 1972 elections, Mangilal Bhandari from Congress won the election from here. BJP’s Sidhumal won the elections twice in a row in both the years 1977 and 1982. In 1985, Rajyavardhan Singh won the election from Congress and the seat came under the control of Congress. In 1990, BJP’s Hanuman Garg won from here and brought the seat back into BJP’s control. In 1993, Congress captured this seat by fielding Mangilal Bhandari as its candidate. In the 1998 elections also, Dhul Singh Yadav of Congress won the election and kept the seat in Congress’s control. BJP’s Mohan Sharma won both the elections in 2003 and 2008. In the 2013 elections, Congress candidate Girish Bhandari defeated BJP candidate Mohan Sharma by about 23 thousand votes and the seat was captured by Congress.
So far, other candidates from the community including Brahmin, Mahajan, Kshatriya, Yadav, Saxena and Garg have won the elections on this assembly seat. If we look at the caste equation, there is no majority of any community in this assembly constituency. There are almost equal number of voters in all societies.
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Narsihgarh area, known as Mini Kashmir of Malwa, has immense tourism potential. There are many tourist places like waterfalls flowing from the hills during the rains, temples of Chhota Mahadev, Bada Mahadev on the high hills, nearby archeological branch Shyam ji temple, Chidi Kho, Kotra etc. India’s first color film Aan, released in 1952, was shot in most parts of this place. In the film, most of the parts of the film were shot in Narsihgarh Fort, Jal Mandir, Kotra Forest, Deogarh, Kantora, Ramgarh Forest and Gau Valley.