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Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha Constituency : A Lookout

Bhubaneswar, February 20, Abhijit Saha: Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha Constituency is a part of the 21 parliamentary (Lok Sabha) constituencies in the State of Odisha located in the eastern part of India. It was formed before the elections in 1957. Bhubaneswar has a population of 8,37,737 according to the census of 2011. With a sex ratio of 880 females over every 1000 males, 56 percent of the total population of this city comprises of males and female comprised only 44 percent of the total population.

Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha Constituency : A Lookout

Lingaraja Temple in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar is also the state capital and administrative centre of the district. The city is also known as Temple city of India. Bhubaneswar lies along the eastern coast of India and has an area of 135 sq km. The literacy rate of Bhubaneswar is over 85 percent with more than 300 colleges offering disciplines like science, arts, law, engineering, medical, etc. It is linked to other neighbouring cities and towns by National Highway NH 32. River Daya and river Kuakhai are bordering the city Bhubaneswar.  Places for tourist attraction are Udayagiri, Khandagiri, Dhauli Giri and Lingaraj Temple.

The present MP of the 15th Lok Sabha for this constituency is Prasanna Kumar Patasani. He is from the party Biju Janata Dal (BJD). He is also a lawyer, philosopher and a poet. He is also the Vice President and Founder member of the Biju Janata Dal. He has been winning the seat for Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha Constituency from the last four consecutive sessions.

The seven segments of the Legislative Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) falling under Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha Constituency are : Bhubaneswar North, Jayadev (SC), Bhubaneswar Central, Ekamra Bhubaneswar, Jatani, Bugunia and Khurda.

 Chintamani Panigrahi

Let’s have a look into the Member of Parliament list during various sessions from the year 1957.

  • v  In the session of 1957 the 2nd Lok Sabha election was held where Nrusinha Charan Samantasinhar was the winner with a total vote count of 86, 487.  He was from the party of Indian National Congress (INC). The runner up contestant was Ramchandra Ram who got a total vote of 59, 139 and was from the party Communist Party of India (CPI).
  • v  In the session of 1962 the 3rd Lok Sabha election was held where Raja P.C. Deo Bhanj was the winner with a total vote count of 88,340. He was from the party of Indian National Congress (INC). ). The runner up contestant was Nishamani Khuntia who got a total vote of 64, 387. He was from the party Praja Socialist Party (PSP).
  • v  In the session of 1967 the 4th Lok Sabha election was held where Chintamani Panigrahi was the winner with a total vote count of 79,899. He was from the party of Indian National Congress (INC). The runner up contestant P. Patnaik who got a total vote of 59,168. He was from the party Communist Party of India (CPI).
  • Prasanna Kumar Patasani In the session of 1971 the 5th Lok Sabha election was held where Chintamani Panigrahi was once again the winner with a total vote count of 1,25,646. This time also he was representing INC. The runner up contestant was Bibudhendra Misra who got a total vote of 51,952. He was from the party UTC.
  • In the session of 1977 the 6th Lok Sabha election was held where Sivaji Patnaik of was the winner with a total vote count of 1,06,960. He was from the party of Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM). The runner up contestant was Chintamani Panigrahi who got a total vote of 1,01,491 from INC.
  • In the session of 1980 the 7th Lok Sabha election was held where Chintamani Panigrahi reclaimed the seat with a total vote count of 1,87,144 from Indian National Congress. This time the runner up contestant was Shivaji Patnaik from CPM who got total vote of 54,527.
  • In the session of 1984 the 8th Lok Sabha election was held where Chintamani Panigrahi of Indian National Congress won once again with a total vote count of 2,37,716 against runner up candidate Shivaji Patnaik of CPM who got a total vote of 1,47,862.
  • In the session of 1989 the 9th Lok Sabha election was held where Sivaji Patnaik of CPM regained trust and declared winner with a total vote count of 3,32,005 against the runner up candidate Bipin Dash. Bipin Dash was from Indian National Congress.
  • In the session of 1991 the 10th Lok Sabha election was held where Sivaji Patnaik repetitively became the winner with a total vote count of 2,14,429 from CPM. Manmath Nath Das was the runner up candidate this time who got a total vote of 2,06,448 from Indian National Congress.
  • In the session of 1996 the 11th Lok Sabha election was held where Soumya Ranjan Patnaik became the winner with a total vote count of 2,98,289 contesting for Indian National Congress. The runner up candidate was Shivaji Patnaik from CPM who got a total vote of 2,19,870.
  • In the session of 1998 the 12th Lok Sabha election was held where Prasanna Kumar Patasani from Biju Janata Dal (BJP) had won the contest with a total vote count of 3,78,849. The runner up contestant was Saumya Ranjan Patnaik from INC who got a total vote of 2,50,941.
  • In the session of 1999 the 13th Lok Sabha election was held where Prasanna Kumar Patasani of Biju Janata Dal again became the winner with a total vote count of 4,14,429. The runner up contestant Bibhuti Bhushan Singh Mardaraj from Indian National Congress got a total vote of 1,80,468.
  • In the session of 2004 the 14th Lok Sabha election was held where once again Prasanna Kumar Patasani of Biju Janata Dal won with a total vote count of 4,37,762. Then the runner up candidate was Soumya Ranjan Patnaik from INC who got a total vote of 3,25,483.
  • In the session of 2009 the 15th Lok Sabha election was held where Prasanna Kumar Patasani of Biju Janata Dal continued his winning streak with a total vote count of 4,00,472. This time the runner up candidate was Santosh Mohanty from INC who got a total vote of 1,47,712.

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