Balmukund Goutam

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Balmukund Goutam
Member of the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly
for Dhar
In office
24 September 2013 – 8 december 2013
Preceded by Neena Verma
Succeeded by Neena Verma
Personal details
Born Balmukund Singh Goutam
Nationality India
Political party Indian National Congress
Religion Hinduism

Balmukund Singh Goutam (Hindi pronunciation: [balmʊkʊnd̪ ɡəʊt̪əm]) is an Indian politician from Madhya Pradesh state. A member of Indian National Congress (commonly known as the Congress), Goutam served as a Member of the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly (Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha) for Dhar Constituency. He was arrested in a bootlegging case in December 2012.

Political career[edit]

Goutam is a member of largest political party in India Indian National Congress. He is a president of Dhar District Congress Committee.

He ran on the Congress ticket in the 2008 Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly Election from Dhar Vidhan Sabha Constituency, but lost to Neena Verma of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Gautam won the seat by two votes in the first vote count; he received 50,507 votes against Verma's 50,505. Verma and her party requested to recount the votes, and she was declared winner by a margin of only one vote.[1] The final tally of votes was 50,510 to 50,509.[2]

Goutam challenged Verma's election and the recounting process in the Madhya Pradesh High Court in 2009. He petitioned that there was a misconduct in counting the postal votes. The Indore Bench of High Court ruled in favour of Goutam and declared Verma's election void on the grounds of non-compliance of the provisions of the Representation of Peoples Act. Verma filled a recrimination petition against Goutam, which was rejected by the Bench. He was declared elected by the Court and took his oath of office on 24 September 2013.[1][3]

On 5 November 2013, the All India Congress Committee announced Goutam as the party's candidate from Dhar Constituency for the 2013 state legislative assembly election; the election held on 25 November.[4] His nomination was opposed by some Congress leaders from Dhar.[5] He lost to Neena Verma by a margin of 11,482 votes.[6]

Arrest[edit]

The Rajasthan Police seized a tanker in Subhash Nagar, Bhilwara, for carrying illegal liquor on 3 August 2003, and registered a case under the Rajasthan Excise Act against five people, including Goutam and his younger brother Rakesh Singh. Goutam was arrested on 11 December 2012 from a hotel in Pithampur by Rajasthan Police with the help of Dhar and Jhabua police.[7] His brother was arrested from Delhi on 15 April 2012 with the help of Dhar, Khandwa and Delhi Police.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dhar BJP MLA's Election Void: HC". The Hindustan Times (Indore: via HighBeam Research). 20 October 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2013.   – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  2. ^ "State Elections 2008 – Dhar — Madhya Pradesh". Eci.nic.in. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Madhya Pradesh Pollmeter: Never too late". The Hindu. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "कांग्रेस द्वारा विधान सभा चुनाव के लिए 82 प्रत्याशियों की एक और सूची जारी" (in Hindi). Prativad.com. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "फालतू की टॉफियां लेना हो तो लो, यहां अब कुछ नहीं हो सकता : दिग्विजय". Dainik Bhaskar (in Hindi) (Indore). Bhaskar News Network. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Constituency Wise Result Status – Madhya Pradesh – Dhar". Eciresults.ap.nic.in. Election Commission of India. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "कांग्रेस नेता बालमुकुंद गौतम गिरफ्तार". Dainik Jagran (in Hindi) (Bhopal). 11 December 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Power equations evident in mushrooming liquor trade". Daily News and Analysis (via HighBeam Research). 15 April 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2013.   – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)