Mandvi (Gujarat) [India] Dec. 18 (ANI): Congress heavyweight Shaktisinh Gohil on Monday lost election from Mandvi constituency.
The BJP dropped its sitting MLA Tarachand Chheda to retain the seat, which has been a party bastion for a long time. The Congress fielded its Abdasa MLA Gohil from Mandvi to give a tough fight to the BJP.
In 1975, former Chief Minister Suresh Mehta won from here first time on the Bharatiya Jan Sangh ticket and remained undefeated till 1998, except 1980, when he lost to Jay Kumar Sanghvi of the Congress (I).
The last time the Congress party won here was in 2002, when Chhabilbhai Patel defeated Mehta by a margin of merely 598 votes.
The Mandvi seat, having a total voter base of 2.24 lakh, comprises of two talukas of Kutch -- Mandvi and Mundra.
As many as 29 candidates filed their nominations from the seat and of these, 15 as independents. (ANI)