Lok Sabha election 2019: Badruddin Ajmal aims to retain Assam’s Dhubri seat
Dhubri Lok Sabha constituency in western Assam is spread across Dhubri, Goalpara and Kokrajhar districts. All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) founder Badruddin Ajmal won the seat in 2014 defeating his Congress rival Wazed Ali Choudhury by over two lakh votes.
A perfume baron, the 68-year-old Ajmal is also the Assam President of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind,
Ajmal will contest from Dhubri this time also but having lost the .Assembly election in 2016 from Salmara constituency, he may not be on a very strong wicket this time. Polling will take place in April 23.
The AIUDF in Assam has eroded the Congress base among immigrant Muslim voters. Dhubri is a Muslim-majority constituency.
Parts of the constituency are riverine areas along the Brahmaputra river. The economy is largely agrarian.
According to the 2011 census, the constituency’s population is 2771883 out of which 89.1% is rural and 10.9% is urban population. The Scheduled castes (SC) and Scheduled tribes (ST) ratio is 3.54 and 5.78, respectively out of total population.
Dhubri Lok Sabha constituency in numbers:
Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Dhubri
Date of voting: April 23
2019 candidates: Abu Taher Bepari (Congress), Badruddin Ajmal (AIUDF), Zabed Islam (AGP)
Reservation nature of constituency: General
Sitting MP, Party: Badruddin Ajmal, AIUDF
Winning margin in 2014: 229,730 votes
Runner up name, party: Wazed Ali Choudhury, Congress
Number of voters in 2014: 1,552,554
Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 88.22
Number of polling booths in 2014: 1940
Number of women voters: 754,430