Raipur, Oct 7 (UNI) The Congress has to its credit the largest victory margin in the 2003 Chhattisgarh Assembly polls, which were the first since the state's creation in November 2000, but it also has the dubious distinction of having in its ranks the candidate who won by the slimmest number of votes.
State Election Office sources told UNI here that Congress nominee and the then Chief Minister Ajit Jogi had vanquished his nearest rival by 54,150 votes at Marwahi.
Interestingly, Congress candidate Uday Mudaliar scraped through with a wafer-thin margin of mere 40 votes at Rajnandgaon.
For the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which was then the main Opposition in the state and now the ruling party, the maximum winning margin was attained by Rajesh Munat, who bagged 37,999 ballots more than his nearest rival in Raipur (Rural). The BJP's Vijay Nath Singh scraped through by 42 votes in Lundra.
In the matter of margins, Kamalbhan Singh (BJP) was his party's second-ranker, as his margin at Ambikapur was 37,222. For the Congress, Nand Kumar Patel won by 32,768 votes at Kharsiya. At Abhanpur, Dhanendra Sahu -- who is the Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee President -- won by only 227 votes.
Some other 'major' and 'minor' winners: Party Candidate Seat Margin BJP S Kashyap Jagdalpur 30,289 BJP S P Singh Surajpur 27,511 BJP B Agrawal Raipur (City) 25,974 BJP A Thakur Kanker 25,811 BJP Baiduram Keshalpur 24,058 BJP H Yadav Durg 22,573 Congress R Uike Tanakhar 20,313 Congress S Nayak Sariya 18,293 Congress R Choubey Saja 17,742 Congress K Lakma Konta 17,398 Congress D Singh Lormi 15,666 BJP N Kanwar Rampur 380 Congress R Singh Pathalgaon 317 Congress G S Bajpeyi Balauda Bazar 309 BJP B Diwan Sipat 299 UNI AS-AC ATI KP0908