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Lok Sabha election 2019: AIUDF MP in Assam’s Barpeta may not contest

The BJP has left the Barpeta seat for its ally AGP to fight it out with the AIUDF.

india Updated: Mar 16, 2019 18:10 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Barpeta’s Lok Sabha MP Sirajuddin Ajmal may not contest time because of ill health.(HT Photo)

Barpeta Lok Sabha constituency in Assam will cast its vote in the 2019 election on April 23. It covers 10 assembly segments - Bongaigaon, Abhayapuri North, Abhayapuri South, Patacharkuchi, Barpeta, Jania, Baghbar, Sarukhetri, Chenga and Dharampur. The constituency is spread across Baksa, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Goalpara and Nalbari districts.

Sirajuddin Ajmal of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and brother of the party’s founder Badruddin Ajmal defeated defeat BJP’s Chandra Mohan Patowary in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Barpeta used to be a Congress stronghold but in 2014 the grand old party finished third.

Sirajuddin Ajmal has been unwell for some time and may not contest this time while the BJP has decided to leave the seat for its ally AGP.

As per the estimates of 2011 census, out of total 2400129 population 90.37% is rural and 9.63% is urban population. The Scheduled castes (SC) and Scheduled tribes (ST) ratio is 7.71 and 2.91, respectively out of total population.

Barpeta constituency is economically weak but politically very sensitive.

Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Barpeta

Reservation nature of constituency: General

Sitting MP, Party: Sirajuddin Ajmal, AIUDF

Winning margin in 2014: 42,341 votes

Runner up name, party: Chandra Mohan Patowary, BJP

Number of voters in 2014: 1,430,175

Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 84.32

Number of polling booths in 2014: 1,906

Number of women voters: 674,61

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First Published: Mar 16, 2019 18:10 IST