window of the past
Burhanpur. The Khandwa Lok Sabha seat has always been a high profile seat. Here the BJP-Congress stalwarts entered the fray, there was a fierce competition. But the 1989 elections were very different. Here, independent Thakur Shivkumar had made a triangular contest between Amrutlal Tarwala from BJP and Kalicharan Shekargai from Congress. This election is still in the minds of the people.
Actually, it was a very difficult task to estimate the victory and defeat in the triangular match of that time. The BJP-Congress and independents had to push their heels. But many big stalwarts of BJP had come here and won the victory by getting 15 per cent more votes than their rivals.
Atal-LK Advani took over the front
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani, who were centrally led from the BJP, took the front in an interesting contest in the 1989 Lok Sabha by-elections. Atal Bihari Vajpayee had campaigned in Khandwa and LK Advani, the then Chief Minister of the state Sunderlal Patwa had come to Burhanpur and campaigned. Tarwala had defeated Congress and independent Shivkumar Singh.
At that time there was no factionalism, all were one
Om Prakash Sharma, who was in the lead role in the campaign with Tarwala in 1989, says that the Congress poll was big at that time, victory was not so easy. But everyone united and applied strength. What is factionalism at that time, it was not in both the parties. After the ticket was fixed, the worker used to join the election only by joining the ideology of the party. At that time, when any one worker took a decision, everyone obeyed him, there used to be no opposition. The worker used to put his body and mind with money, there was a lot of faith. While there were not many resources at that time, there was no place to open an office.
1989 and 91 election results
Candidate Votes Received Percentage
Amrutlal Tarwala, BJP 225925 43.66
Kalicharan Shakargai, Congress 136718 26.42
Shivkumar Singh, Independent 133142 25.73