Lok Sabha elections 2019: In West Bengal’s Kanthi constituency, Sisir Adhikari will try to retain Trinamool control
The Trinamool Congress’ Sisir Kumar Adhikari is the sitting member of Parliament from West Bengal’s Kanthi Lok Sabha seat.
The CPI(M) dominated the Kanthi Lok Sabha till 1999 when Trinamool’s Nitish Sengupta defeated its candidate. The Left party’s Prasanta Pradhan won in the next Lok Sabha election in 2004.
But Sisir Adhikari, also the former Union minister of rural development in the Manmohan Singh government, wrested the Kanthi Lok Sabha seat from the CPI(M) leader Prasanta Pradhan in 2009 and Tapas Sinha in 2014.
The ruling Trinamool Congress has renominated Sisir Adhikari, who played a major role in the Nandigram anti-land acquisition stir, for the Lok Sabha election 2019 from Kanthi seat.
Voting in Kanthi will be held on May 12 during the sixth round of the seventh-phase Lok Sabha election. The result will be declared on May 23.
State: West Bengal
Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Kanthi
Polling date: May 12
2019 candidates: Sisir Adhikari (Trinamool), Dr Debashish Samant (BJP), Dipak Kumar Das (Congress), Paritosh Pattanayak (CPI-M)
Sitting MP, party: Sisir Adhikari, Trinamool Congress
Winning margin in 2014: 229,490
Runner up name, party: Tapas Sinha, CPI(M)
Number of voters in 2014: 1,290,811
Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 86.61%
Number of women voters in 2014: 626,560
Number of polling booths in 2014: 1843