Lok Sabha Elections 2019: A do-or-die battle for RSP in Kollam, Kerala
Kollam is one of the 20 Lok Sabha constituencies of Kerala.
Till 1957, Kollam was part of the Mavelikara constituency. It became a Lok Sabha constituency after the delimitation exercise of 1957.
Kollam is known to be a constituency where the Left is in a direct fight with the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP). Since its delimitation, the Congress has been voted in only four times with the constituency preferring to vote mostly for the RSP.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the RSP candidate NK Premachandran had defeated CPI(M)’s MA Baby by 37,649 votes.
This time again, the contest is expected to be between the RSP and the CPI(M). It’ll be a battle of survival for the RSP after it shifted its base from the LDF to the UDF camp a few months before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
While the RSP will field NK Premachandran, the CPI(M) is hosting former CPM district secretary and state secretariat member KN Balagopal against its ally-turned-foe.
However, the contest is likely to be a difficult one for the LDF as Premachandran, a formidable leader, is known to have a wide voter base.
The general elections will be held across India in seven phases beginning April 11 and the counting of votes will take place on May 23.
Here’s all you need to know about the Kollam Lok Sabha constituency:
Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Kollam
Contesting Candidates: K.N.Balagopal (CPI-M), K.V.Sabu (BJP), N.K.Premachandran (RSP)
Date of Polling: April 23
Polling Date: April 23 (Phase 3)
Sitting MP, Party: NK Premachandran, RSP
Winning margin in 2014: 37,649
Runner up name, party: MA Baby, CPI(M)
Number of voters in 2014: 879,228
Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 72
Number of polling booths in 2014: 1,119
Number of women voters: 470,734