Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: Once a Left bastion, West Bengal’s Bishnupur is held by Trinamool
Bishnupur, once a stronghold of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), is parliamentary constituency number 37 in West Bengal’s Bankura district.
The then Trinamool Congress leader Saumitra Khan defeated Susmita Bauri of the CPI(M) on the seat reserved for Scheduled Caste candidates in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Khan joined the BJP in January 2019 after being expelled for anti-party activities. The ruling party has chosen Shyamal Santra to contest from the seat in the Lok Sabha election 2019.
People in Bishnupur, known for the Bishnupur gharana of Hindustani music, will vote on May 12 - the sixth of the seven-phased polls. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.
Here are some facts about Bishnupur Lok Sabha constituency:
State: West Bengal
Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Bishnupur
Date of polling: May 12
2019 candidates: Shyamal Santra (Trinamool), Saumitra Khan (BJP), Narayan Chandra Khan (Congress)
Sitting MP, Party: Saumitra Khan, Trinamool Congress
Winning margin in 2014: 149,685
Runner up name, party: Susmita Bauri, CPI(M)
Number of voters in 2014: 1,272,070
Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 86.72 %
Number of women voters in 2014: 707,604
Number of polling booths in 2014: 1,859