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Cong faces tough challenge from BJP in Gadchiroli-Chimur
Sakal Times | Monday, 17 February 2014 AT 11:08 PM IST
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The Gadchiroli-Chimur Lok Sabha constituency, located on the borders of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, is a bastion of the Maoist movement. Reserved for the Scheduled Caste candidates, the constituency is awaiting development for a long time. This constituency has been completely ignored as far growth of industry and employment is concerned. -  Suresh Nagarale

The Gadchiroli parliamentary seat comprises three assembly segments in Gadchiroli district, two from Chandrapur district and one from Gondia district. The constituency is presently represented by Marotrao Kowase of the Congress. Kowase is likely to be the Congress candidate during the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, too. The BJP is likely to field former MLA Ashok Nete who has already launched an intensified campaign. Kowase, who was not seen much in this area after his election, has now been conducting a series of programmes in the region.

Soon after the previous Lok Sabha polls, an internal dispute had began between  Kowase and former minister of state Vijay Wadettiwar. This clash has adversely affected the Congress prospects during the past four years. The party suffered a defeat in municipal council and the zilla parishad polls in the constituency. On the other hand, former BJP MLA Ashok Nete who was defeated in the assembly elections, has continued his public rapport and this had a positive effect in municipal council and zilla parishad elections.

After the defeat of the Congress in the assembly polls in four States, the Congress has issued strict instructions to all its leaders to forget their differences and to work unitedly for the party.   

As a result, Chimur's MLA Vijay Wadettiwar and MP Kowase came together to express their solidarity at a recently held function. Nonetheless, there is speculation in political circles whether Wadettiwar will work for Kowase's victory or electoral defeat.  

Armori's MLA Anandrao Gedam belong to a different faction while MLA Dr Anandrao Usendi and Aheri's MLA Deepak Atram are Wadettiwar's supporters and therefore, the Congress has once again started preparations to win the Gadchiroli-Chimur seat. But the present political conditions indicate that the Congress will really have to work hard to prevent the BJP's victory in the polls.  

Development awaited

The Gadchiroli-Chimur parliamentary constituency has no major industry. Due to the strong presence of the Naxalites, industrial development has not taken place here. The proposed steel project at Surjagad has remained on paper to this date.

Despite regular announcement of railway routes in the region, a train is yet to arrive in Gadchiroli. The tribals and other citizens sandwiched between the police and the Naxalites, are anxiously awaiting for a messiah to free them from the vicious circle of backwardness.

Voters’ Expectations

Expedite Gadchiroli-Wadsa railway line and other projects
Establish a medical college in the constituency
Extend irrigation facilities
Establish district development authority

Lok Sabha 2009 result
Gadchiroli - Chimur (SC seat)
Total voting:  8,37,247 (65.14 %)
Marotrao Kowase (Congress): 3,21,756 (38.43%)
Ashok Nete (BJP): 2,93,756 (35.025)
Raje Satyavanrao Atram (BSP): 1,35,756 (16.21 %)

Sitting MLAs
Amgaon: Ramratan Raut (Congress)
Armori: Anandrao Gedam (Congress)
Gadchiroli: Dr Namdeo Usendi (Congress)
Aheri: Deepak Atram (Independent)
Brahmapur: Atul Deshkar (BJP)
Chimur: Vijay Wadettiwar (Congress)

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