- The first election of Sidhi Lok sabha was held in 1952
- The seat was unreserved from 1952 to 1977
- From 1980 to 2007 it was reserved fro scheduled tribe (ST)
- The BJP influence increased with win 2009
If we glance at the poll results of Sidhi Lok Sabha seat from 1952 to 2014, it becomes clear that the main contest on this seat is between Congress and BJP. The seat was unreserved from 1952 to 1977. The maiden win on this seat was registered by Socialisat Party candidate.
In seven elections held while the seat was unreserved, including two by-elections, Congress won three times, while BJP, Bhartiya Lok Dal and independent won once each.After the seat became reserved for ST, total of nine elections were held, including one by-election. Congress and BJP won four times each, while Akhil Bhartiya Congress (Tiwari) won on one occasion.
The seat again became unreserved in 2009 and in 2014 BJP candidate won by a thumping margin. In the last two elections Congress has become weak on this seat. In such a scenario it won’t be easy for Congress to win the 2019 LS election.
Arjun Singh’s influence
Senior leader of Congress and former chief minister and union minister Arjun Singh exercised great influence in Sidhi from 1980 to 1996. Dur to his influence, in five elections the Congress won three times and his party Akhil Bhartiya Congress (Tiwari) won once.
Former minister Indrajit wasn’t successful
Former minister and senior Congress leader Indrajit Kumar Patel contested election on Congress ticket in 2009. However, BJP’s Govind Mishra defeatred him by a margin of over 45,000 votes. In 2014, Indrajit again lost to BJP’s Riti Pathak by over one lakh vote.
All eyes on Ajay Singh
After the seat again became unreserved in 2009, the Congress has lost twice. Now it would be a big challenge for Congress to win from here in 2019. In such a situation all eyes are on Ajay Singh. He had ensured party’s victory in 2007 by-election. Political observers believe there could be no stronger candidate than Ajay Singh from Sidhi.