Mandi (Lok Sabha Constituency)
Mandi Lok Sabha constituency is one of the four Lok Sabha (parliamentary) constituencies in Himachal Pradesh state in northern India. Mandi Parliamentary constituency already emerged as a hot bed of politics where not only the BJP and the Congress will fight for their prestige, but is the only seat in the state where the Left front has popped up a candidate. The constituency was represented by Rani Amrit Kaur of the erstwhile Patiala state during 1952-57, while these areas of Himachal were still part of Punjab. In the Lok Sabha elections that followed in 1957, the seat was represented by Raja Joginder Sen of the erstwhile Mandi state, who represented the seat till 1962. In the following elections that year Raja Lalit Sen of Sundarnagar or the erstwhile Suket state was elected. He repeated his victory in the 1967 elections.
However, in period from 1977 to 1979, the constituency was represented by Ganga Singh who represented the Janata Party, which came to power at the centre immediately after the elections that followed the imposition of emergency in the country and the Congress, under Indira Gandhi was routed. He defeated Congress candidate Virbhadra Singh.
Then came along the man, who called himself the son-of-the-soil, Sukh Ram. He switched from state politics to the Parliament and won comfortably in 1985. In the next election, however, it was again another blue-blooded royal, Maheshwar Singh, scion of the erstwhile Kullu state who drubbed the son-of-the-soil at the polls.
But Sukh Ram bounced back and won again in 1994, but was expelled from the Congress a couple of years later, following the reported recovery of large amounts of cash from his residence. To re-establish his political dominion Sukh Ram floated Himachal Vikas Congress and came back into politics with a bang – winning five Assembly seats in 1998 along with wresting Shimla (reserved) parliamentary seat from the Congress in 1999. In 1998, Sukh Ram’s HVC under an alliance with the BJP supported the candidature of Maheshwar Singh, who won easily. In 2004, Congress candidate Pratibha Singh defeated Maheshwar Singh. In the last Parliament elections 2009, Congress candidate Virbhadra Singh defeated Maheshwar Singh by a very small gap.
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... General Election, 1951 Mandi Party Candidate Votes % ±% Congress Amrit Kaur 47,152 26.89 Congress Gopi Ram 41,433 26.63 KMPP Tej Singh 19,872 11.33 SCF Anokhi Ram 18,988 10.83 Socialist Muni Lal 16,780 9.57 BJS Hari Dutt 12,053 6.87 Independent Kahan Singh 19,099 10.89 Majority Turnout Congress gain from KMPP Swing General Election, 1957 Mandi Party Candidate Votes % ±% Congress Joginder Sen Bahadur 57,530 63.47 CPI Mast Ram 0 00.00 Independent Anand Chand 33,110 36.53 Majority Turnout Congress gain from CPI Swing General Election, 1962 Mandi Party Candidate Votes % ±% Congress Lalit Sen 46,856 63.56 Swatantra Party Ambika Kumari 20,600 27.95 BJS Kuldip Singh 2,742 3.72 Independent Tej Singh 3,516 4.77 Majority Turnout Congress gain from Swatantra Party Swing General Election, 1967 Mandi Party Candidate Votes % ±% Congress Lalit Sen 62,596 51.65 Independent I ... Singh 28,331 23.38 Independent D.S.Ram 26,877 22.18 Independent N.D ...