Lok Sabha election 2019: BJP may replace sitting MP in Assam’s Jorhat
Jorhat Lok Sabha constituency comprises Jorhat and Sivasagar districts of Assam. Voting is scheduled in teh first phase on April 11.
Kamakhya Prasad Tasa of the BJP won the seat in 2014 defeating veteran Congressman and six-time MP Bijoy Krisha Hadique by over one lakh votes.
Handique had beaten Tasa who is an agriculturist in the 2009 Lok Sabah elections for the seat.
The Jorhat Lok Sabha constituency comprises 10 assembly constituencies and has been a Congress bastion. Except in 1984, when Parag Chaliha of the AGP won, it had never gone out of the Congress’s hand until Tasa defeated Congress heavyweight Bijoy Krishna Handique in 2014 .Handique lost due to the anti-incumbency factor which has come back to haunt Tasa this time amid reports that the BJP might replace him with Assam cabinet minister Topon Kumar Gogoi.
. Out of a total population of 1922470, 84.08% is rural and 15.92% is urban population. The Scheduled castes (SC) and Scheduled tribes (ST) ratio is 4.57 and 4.75, respectively out of total population.
The tea industry is a major economic drive of the region which also has many small-scale and cottage industries such as furniture making, bamboo work and packaged food manufacturing and various other economic activities.
Jorhat Lok Sabha constituency in numbers:
Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Jorhat
Date of voting: April 11
2019 candidates: Tapan Gogoi (BJP), Sushanta Borgohain (Congress)
Sitting MP, Party: Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, BJP
Winning margin in 2014: 102,420 votes
Runner up name, party: Bijoy Krishna Handique, Congress
Number of voters in 2014: 1,234,448
Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 75.45
Number of polling booths in 2014: 1597
Number of women voters: 600,212