Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: JMM, BJP in tough fight over Rajmahal seat in Jharkhand
The Rajmahal Lok Sabha seat is one of the 14 parliamentary constituencies in Jharkhand and covers the entire Sahebganj and Pakur districts.
The constituency, reserved for the candidates belonging to the Scheduled Tribes, has seen a triangular fight most of the time. The Congress party has won eight times from this Lok Sabha seat, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) four times, the Bharatiya Janata Party twice and BLD and Janata Party once each.
After Jharkhand was carved out from Bihar in 2000, the seat has gone twice to the JMM and once to the BJP. Rajmahal and Dumka were the only two seats won the JMM in the Lok Sabha election held in 2014. The rest of the 12 seats went to the BJP that year.
Polling in Jharkhand will be held in four phases from April 29 to May 19. Votes will be counted on May 23.
Here are a few details about the Lok Sabha seat:
Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Rajmahal
Polling date: May 19
2019 candidates: Vijay Hansdak (JMM), Hemlal Murmu (BJP)
Sitting MP, party: Vijay Hansdak, JMM
Winning margin in 2014: 41,337
Runner up name, party: Hemlal Murmu, BJP
Number of voters in 2014: 951,563
Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 70.32%
Number of women voters in 2014: 661,918
Number of polling booths in 2014: 1,535