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Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: Odisha’s Koraput, former Congress bastion will see a triangular fight this year

Polling is scheduled to be held on April 11 and counting of votes will take place on May 23.

constituency-watch Updated: Apr 11, 2019 09:59 IST
HT Correspondent
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Voters wait in a long queue to cast votes during the first phase of Bihar Assembly polls, outside a polling booth at Champanagar Tanti Bazar of Nathnagar, in Bihar, India on Monday, October 12, 2015.
Voters wait in a long queue to cast votes during the first phase of Bihar Assembly polls, outside a polling booth at Champanagar Tanti Bazar of Nathnagar, in Bihar, India on Monday, October 12, 2015.(HT Photo)
         

The Koraput Lok Sabha seat, one of the 21 parliamentary constituencies in Odisha, was a Congress stronghold till 2009 when Naveen Patnaik-led BJD won it.

The Biju Janata Dal’s Jayaram Pangi defeated Congress veteran and nine-time member of Parliament Giridhar Gamang in the 2009 Lok Sabha election. Gamang, the former chief minister of Odisha, was beaten again by BJD leader Jhina Hikaka in the next general election held in 2014.

Reserved for the members of the Scheduled Tribes, Koraput will see a fight amongst Congress’ Saptagiri Ulka, Kaushlya Hikaka of the BJD, the wife of sitting MP Jhina Hikaka, and BJP’s Jayaram Pangi in Lok Sabha election 2019.

READ: All about Lok Sabha elections 2019

Polling is scheduled to be held on April 11 and counting of votes will take place on May 23.

Here are some facts about Koraput Lok Sabha seat:

State: Odisha

Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Koraput

Names of candidates: Jayaram Pangi (BJP), Saptagiri Sankar Ulaka (INC), Kausalya Hikaka (BJD)

Polling date: April 11

Sitting MP, party: Jhina Hikaka, BJD

Winning margin in 2014: 19,328

Runner up name, party: Giridhar Gamang, Congress

Number of voters in 2014: 989,444

Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 76.09%

Number of women voters in 2014: 671,169

Number of polling booths in 2014: 1,703

First Published: Mar 28, 2019 19:24 IST