Updated June 5th, 2024 at 21:21 IST

Meet Former Delhi Police Constable Who Is Now Lok Sabha MP From Barmer

Former Delhi Police constable Ummeda Ram Beniwal has been elected as Member of Parliament from the Barmer Lok Sabha seat in Rajasthan on the Congress ticket.

Reported by: Abhishek Tiwari
Rajasthan's Barmer Lok Sabha MP Ummeda Ram Beniwal | Image:Republic
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Barmer: Defying the exit-poll predictions, the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections result has surprised everyone including the political experts, who had forecasted a complete majority for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre. In the elections, the BJP emerged as the single largest party, but failed to get to the majority mark on its own, unlike it did in the 2019 and 2014 general elections. However, the BJP, with support of its allies partners of the NDA, is likely to form the government at the Centre for the third consecutive time under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

As the politics in the national capital is grabbing all the eyeballs at present, a surprising victory in Rajasthan’s Barmer Lok Sabha constituency is in the spotlight in the state, where a former Delhi Police constable has won the electoral battle by defeating the nearest contestant by a margin of over 1.18 lakh votes.

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Ummeda Ram Beniwal got 7.04 Lakh Votes

The new Lok Sabha MP from the Barmer constituency in Rajasthan is Ummeda Ram Beniwal, who contested the elections on the Congress party ticket. He defeated his nearest independent nominee Ravindra Singh Bhati by a margin of 1,18,176 votes. Even more surprising was that Beniwal defeated the sitting BJP MP, Kailash Choudhary by 4,17,943 votes. The newly-elected Congress MP got 7,04,676 votes, as per the data by the Election Commission of India.

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From Being Constable to Lok Sabha MP

Ummeda Ram Beniwal, the 46-year-old Congress Lok Sabha MP from Barmer, was a cop in Delhi before joining politics. He joined the Delhi Police on December 11, 1995 as a constable. During his service as a cop, he served in the Delhi Police’s 8th Battalion and was also deployed at South Delhi’s Ambedkar Nagar police station. He got married in 2000 and has 3 sons.

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In 2006, after serving the police department for nearly 11 years, Beniwal resigned from the department due to some major family issues. Following which he started a wooden handicraft business.

Beniwal, started his political innings by joining the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) and went on to contest the Rajasthan Assembly elections twice. In the last Assembly elections, he lost the Assembly electoral battle marginally by only around 900 votes.

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On March 16, 2024 he joined the Congress, following which he was given the party’s ticket for the Lok Sabha elections from the Barmer seat, which he won comfortably with a good margin and is ready to represent the constituency in the 18th Lok Sabha. 
 

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Published June 5th, 2024 at 19:38 IST