Bodhram Kanwar has an unbeaten electoral career

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Korba, CG, Oct 20 (UNI) Senior Congress leader Bodhram Kanwar, a tribal resident of this district of Chhattisgarh, who has won six assembly polls so far, has an unbeaten record in his electoral career.

Although belonging to a tribal family, he made his electoral debut from Katghora assembly seat despite it being a general seat in 1972 and won the assembly poll.

Referred to as 'Gandhiji' due to his honesty and simplicity, Mr Kanwar never faced poll defeat since then.

He contested on the Congress ticket from Katghora in 1977 for the first time when the party was facing anti-Congress wave across the country.

The Congress was wiped out in Chhattisgarh region of the then undivided Madhya Pradesh. However, Mr Kanwar secured decisive victory. He was elected to assembly again on Congress tickets in 1980 and 1985.

He was denied ticket in 1990 but was fielded from Tanakhar in 1993 when he defeated Gondwana Ganatanra Party's Hira Singh Markam. However, he left the party and joined the Tiwari Congress two years later.

Mr Kanwar was again won from Katghora on Congress ticket in 2003. Not fielding Mr Kanwar from Katghora in 1993 and 1998 had cost the Congress, which had to face defeat.

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