Complete elimination of royal family from Chhattisgarh assembly

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TS Singh Dev of the royal family lost the Ambikapur seat.

This is the first time that a member of the royal family has not won the election in Chhattisgarh Assembly. 7 members of these families have faced defeat in the state. This time in the Chhattisgarh assembly elections, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fielded 3 each from the royal family as their candidates, while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) fielded the royal family. 1 person was fielded. All three Congress candidates were MLAs who could not save their seats.

TS Singh Dev of the royal family lost.

After the creation of Chhattisgarh in 2000, all five terms of the assembly were filled by members of former royal families. But in that election, influential Congress leader and Deputy Chief Minister TS Singh Dev lost from his Ambikapur seat by a narrow margin of 94 votes. He belongs to the former royal family of Surguja. BJP’s Rajesh Agarwal, who left the Congress to join the BJP before the assembly elections in 2018, has defeated him. Singhdev won three consecutive assembly elections in 2008, 2013 and 2018. Singh Dev’s family is believed to have considerable influence in the Surguja division of North Chhattisgarh. In 2018, the Congress had won all 14 assembly constituencies in the region, but this time all these seats were won by the BJP.

Ambika of the Korean royal family lost.

Ambika Singh Dev, a member of another royal family from the Sargoja region, was fielded by the Congress as its candidate from Bekanthpur seat but lost to BJP’s Bhai Lal Rajwade by a margin of 25,413 votes. Ambika Singh Dev belongs to the royal family of Korea who has been active in the politics of the state. From this family, Ramchandra Singh Dev was the first finance minister of Chhattisgarh during the Congress government led by Ajit Jogi. Ambika Singh Dev defeated Rajwade from this seat in 2018.

Defeat of Devendra Bahadur of the Gond royal family

Congress leader Devendra Bahadur Singh (63) is the second Congress royal to face defeat this time from the Basana seat. He belongs to the erstwhile Gond royal family of Phuljhar (now in Mahasamand district). BJP’s Sampath Aggarwal defeated Singh by a margin of 36,793 votes. Singh, a four-time MLA, served as Minister of State in the Ajit Jogi-led Congress government in Chhattisgarh (2000–2003).

Sanyugita of the Judean royal family also lost.

Two members of the influential Judeo royal family of Jashpur in Surguja Division (North Chhattisgarh) contested the assembly elections. This family belongs to senior BJP leader late Dilip Singh Jodev. Dilip Singh Jodev’s father Vijaybhushan Jodev was a king of the Jashpur royal family and was also a member of the Lok Sabha. Dilip Singh Jodev was the Minister of State for Environment and Forests in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government at the Centre. His son Yudhvir Singh Jodev has been a two-time MLA from Chandrapur seat adjacent to Bilaspur division. Yudhvir’s wife Sanyugeeta Singh has faced defeat from Chandrapur seat for the second time in a row. Sanogeeta Singh contested from this seat in the 2018 assembly elections against Ram Kumar Yadav of Congress but lost. This time Yadav has once again defeated Sanyogita from this seat by a margin of 15,976 votes.

Pratap Singh Jodev lost from Kota.

Dilip Singh Jodev’s second son Prabal Pratap Singh Jodev was fielded from the Kota seat (Blaspur district), where he lost to Atal Srivastava of the Congress by a margin of 7,957 votes. Former chief minister Ajit Jogi’s wife Renu Jogi, who was the Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) MLA from Kota, came third this time with 8,884 votes.

Descendants of the Nagunshi Gond royal family lost.

Two-time former MLA Sanjiv Shah was the BJP candidate from Mohlamanpur. This assembly seat is reserved for the Scheduled Tribe category located in the Naxal-infested Mohla-Manpur-Ambagarh Chowk district. Shah belongs to the erstwhile Nagonshi Gond royal family of Ambagarh outpost. Congress MLA Indrasha Mandvi retained the Mohla-Manpur seat by defeating Shah by 31,741 votes.

Khadgaraj of Lohara state was also defeated.

Aam Aadmi Party had earlier fielded Khadgaraj Singh from Kawardha seat of Lohara princely state (Kabirdham district). Khadgaraj stood third in Kawardha with 6334 votes. In Kawardha, BJP’s Vijay Sharma defeated Congress leader and minister Muhammad Akbar by 39,592 votes.

It is noteworthy that in the Chhattisgarh elections, the BJP has registered a big victory by winning 54 seats in the 90-member assembly. Congress came second with 35 seats. Gondwana Gantantra Party has won one seat.

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