Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: JMM, BJP in tough fight over Rajmahal seat in Jharkhand - Hindustan Times
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Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: JMM, BJP in tough fight over Rajmahal seat in Jharkhand

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May 16, 2019 10:49 AM IST

Polling in Jharkhand will be held in four phases from April 29 to May 19. Votes will be counted on May 23.

The Rajmahal Lok Sabha seat is one of the 14 parliamentary constituencies in Jharkhand and covers the entire Sahebganj and Pakur districts.

Odisha, India-April 18, 2019: Voters show their identity cards as they stand in queues to cast their votes during the second phase of the general elections at a polling station, in Kandhamal district, Odisha, India, April 18, 2019. (Photo by Arabinda Mahapatra / Hindustan Times)
Odisha, India-April 18, 2019: Voters show their identity cards as they stand in queues to cast their votes during the second phase of the general elections at a polling station, in Kandhamal district, Odisha, India, April 18, 2019. (Photo by Arabinda Mahapatra / Hindustan Times)

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.

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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.

READ: All about Lok Sabha elections 2019

Here are a few details about the Lok Sabha seat:

State: Jharkhand

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

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