Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: Triangular contest in Odisha’s Berhampur, once a Congress safe seat
Actor-turned-politician and BJD leader Sidhant Mohapatra is the sitting member of Parliament from the Berhampur Lok Sabha seat in Odisha.
Sidhant Mohapatra had defeated Chandra Sekhar Sahu of the Congress party, which had held the Berhampur seat for decades, in the Lok Sabha election in 2009. The Biju Janata Dal leader Sidhant Mohapatra won against Sahu, again in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Sahu has now joined the state’s ruling party.
This year, the BJD has dropped Mohapatra and chosen Sahu in his place. He will face the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) state general secretary Bhrugu Baxipatra and Congress leader V Chandrasekhar Naidu.
Voting in Berhampur will be held on April 11 and counting on May 23.
Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Berhampur
Names of candidates: Bhrugu Baxipatra (BJP), V.Chandrasekhar Naidu (INC)
Polling date: April 11
Sitting MP, party: Sidhant Mohapatra, BJP
Winning margin in 2014: 127,720
Runner up name, party: Chandra Sekhar Sahu, Congress
Number of voters in 2014: 905,362
Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 67.85%
Number of women voters in 2014: 654,179
Number of polling booths in 2014: 1,543
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