Oppn leader assured of her victory

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Kukshi, MP, Nov 24 (UNI) Leader of the Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Jamuna Devi, who is contesting from Kukshi seat for the sixth straight time, is locked in a direct contest with BJP candidate Relam Chouhan but is assured of her fifth victory.

Ms Devi, who won the Kukshi seat for the first time during erstwhile Madhya Bharat assembly polls in 1952, has contested five assembly elections from the seat between 1985 and 2003. She emerged victorious four times except in 1980 when she was defeated.

The Congress leader has taken the charge of campaigning in the region herself during which she claims that she was assured of her fifth victory. In her own earthly style, she raises the issues of corruption and atrocities against women and tribals.

A total of six candidates are in the fray whose fate would be decided by 1,50,245 voters, including 73,202 women, at 179 polling centres on November 27. Apart from the BJP and the Congress, other candidates include Ajay (BSP), Devi Singh (BJS), Umand Singh Baghel (Adijan Mukti Sena) and independent candidate Arjun Singh.

Known as 'Buaji (aunt)' in state politics and 'Mummy ji (mother)' in her region, Ms Devi was elected to Lok Sabha from Jhabua in 1962.

She was elected to Rajya Sabha in 1978.

The Opposition Leader does not forget to mention steps taken by her for the welfare of tribals.

On the other hand, BJP candidate Relam Chouhan was raising the issues of failures of the Centre and achievements of the BJP Government vociferously. She points out that steep price rise was the gift of the Centre.

In 2003, Ms Devi had defeated BJP candidate Pratap Singh Baghel despite a wave in the favour of the party.

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