Dharam Singh files nomination for 9th victory from Jewargi

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Gulbarga, Apr 30 (UNI) Former Karnataka Chief Minister and senior Congress leader N Dharam Singh today filed his nomination papers to contest the Assembly elections from Jewargi Assembly seat, hoping to represent the constituency for a record ninth time.

Jewargi constituency goes to the polls in the second phase of elections on May 16.

Mr Narayan Singh Dharam Singh had entered the state Assembly winning the Jewargi seat in the 1972 election, defeating a three time MP Mahadevappa Banpurs. Since then, he had been representing the constituency by winning the elections eight times in a row -- 1972, 1978, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1994,1999 and 2004.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi holds the record of winning 11 Assembly elections successively, but from different constituencies. Mr Singh has won eight times in succession from the same constituency.

''I do not feel it is my success. It belongs to the people of Jewargi, they have great confidence in me and elected me eight times.

I hope they will elect me for the ninth time,'' he told reporters here.

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