Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: Trinamool’s Satabdi Roy will look to retain West Bengal’s Birbhum
Birbhum is one of 42 parliamentary constituencies in West Bengal and is held by actor-turned-politician Shatabdi Roy of the ruling Trinamool Congress.
The Birbhum seat was won by Shatabdi Roy for the second time in 2014 Lok Sabha election. She defeated Mohammed Qamre Elahi of the Communist Party of India(Marxist) by 67,263 votes that year. In the 2009 Lok Sabha election, Roy had won against Ram Chandra Dome of the CPI(M), who had held it since 1989.
The Lok Sabha seat, located in Birbhum district known for Baul folk singers and numerous cultural fairs, was reserved for Scheduled Caste members from 1962 to 2004 but was declared a free seat from 2009.
People in Birbhum will vote on April 29 in the fourth of the seven-phased Lok Sabha election 2019. The results will be declared on May 23.
Here are some facts about Birbhum:
State: West Bengal
Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Birbhum
Sitting MP, party: Shatabdi Roy, Trinamool Congress
Winning margin in 2014: 67,263
Runner up name, party: Mohammed Qamre Elahi, CPI(M)
Number of voters in 2014: 1,275,819
Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 85.33%
Number of women voters in 2014: 721,651
Number of polling booths in 2014: 1,861