Cuttack Lok Sabha Constituency : A Lookout

Cuttack, February 22, Abhijit Saha: Cuttack 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. Cuttack was the capital city of Odisha before Bhubaneswar. Cuttack has a population of 6,06,007 according to the census of 2011 of which 52 percent are male and 48 percent are female population. It was founded by Raja Markat Keshari. The average literacy rate is 77 percent. 94 percent of the population comprises Hindu, 5 percent Muslim and Sikhs and Christians comprises the rest.

Cuttack was associated with the Keshari dynasty as per history. The city became the capital of Odisha in the year 1816. Cuttack is not the capital city now but is still the commercial capital of Odisha with highest GDP among other cities in Odisha. It has an area of 138 sq km.

The remnants of Barabati Fort could still be found in the city. The Barabati stadium is in the city that hosts many national and international cricket matches. The city is referred to as Bawan Bazar Teppan Gali which means that the city has 52 markets and 53 streets. Mahanadi Vihar and Jagatpur are two township in the city. Cuttack is located at the apex of Mahanadi Delta and is surrounded by river Mahanadi and its tributaries from almost all sides. The river Mahanadi provides much of the drinking water to the city. Some places of interest are Katak Chandi Temple, Paramahansa Nath Temple, Daatan Sahib Gurudwara and Jama Masjid.

Barabati Fort

Barabati Fort

The present MP of the 16th Lok Sabha for this constituency is Bhartruhari Mahtab. He is from the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) party. He has been winning the seat for Cuttack Lok Sabha Constituency from the last four consecutive sessions.

The Assembly constituencies of the parliamentary constituency are : Cuttack City, Cuttack Sadar, Salepur, Choudwar, Athgarh, Banki and , Baramba.

Let’s take a look into the Member of Parliament list during various sessions.

  • In the session of 1951, the 1st of Lok Sabha election was held where Harekrushna Mahatab was the winner with a total vote count of 89, 387.  He was from the Indian National Congress (INC) party. The runner up contestant was Baidyanath Rath who got a total vote of 39,676 and was from the party Communist Party of India (CPI).

Harekrushna Mahatab

  • In the session of 1957 the 2nd Lok Sabha election was held where Nityanand Kanungo was the winner with a total vote count of 90,779. He was also from the party of Indian National Congress (INC). ). The runner up contestant was Sarangadhar Das who got a total vote of 87,629. He was representing the party Praja Socialist Party (PSP).

Nityanand Kanungo

  • In the session of 1962 the 3rd Lok Sabha election was held where Nityanand Kanungo once again became the winner with a total vote count of 80,748. He was representing the Indian National Congress (INC). The runner up contestant Baishnab Charan Mallick who got a total vote of 45,050 was from Praja Socialist Party (PSP).
  • In the session of 1967 the 4th Lok Sabha election was held where S. Misra was the winner with a total vote count of 1,03,710. He was from Praja Socialist Party (PSP). The runner up contestant was B. C. Mohanty who got a total vote of 91,572. He was from INC.
  • In the session of 1971 the 5th Lok Sabha election was held where Janki Ballav Patnaik was the winner with a total vote count of 1,54,707. He was from the Indian National Congress party. The runner up contestant was Biren Mitra who got a total vote of 74,614 and was from the party UTC.
  • In the session of 1977 the 6th Lok Sabha election was held where Sarat Kumar Kar won with a total vote count of 1,76,445 from Bhartiya Lok Dal (BLD). The runner up contestant was Janaki Balav Patnaik from INC who got total vote of 1,16,043.
  • In the session of 1980 the 7th Lok Sabha election was held where Janaki Balav Patnaik reclaimed the seat for INC (I) with a total vote count of 2,19,831 against runner up candidate Trilochan Kanugo who fought for INC (U) and got a total vote of 95,879.
  • In the session of 1984 the 8th Lok Sabha election was held where Jayanti Pattanik of INC came out as a winner with a total vote count of 2,63,960 against the runner up candidate Jogesh Chandra Rout fighting for Janata Party (JNP) who got a total vote of 1,85,039.
  • In the session of 1989 the 9th Lok Sabha election was held where Srikanta Jena won with a total vote count of 4,14,828 for Janata Dal (JD) against the runner up candidate Jayanti Patnaik fighting for Indian National Congress who got total vote of 2,10,143.
  • In the session of 1991 the 10th Lok Sabha election was held where Srikanta Jena once again became the winner with a total vote count of 2,87,907 contesting for Janata Dal when Janaki Ballav Patnaik from INC was the runner up candidate and got a total vote of 2,44,214.
  • In the session of 1996 the 11th Lok Sabha election was held where Biju Patnaik from Janata Dal had won the contest with a total vote count of 3,44,092. The runner up candidate Anadi Charan Sahu from INC got a total vote of 2,86,285.
  • In the session of 1998 the 12th Lok Sabha election was held where Bhartruhari Mahtab from Biju Janata Dal won with a total vote count of 3,50,314. The runner up candidate Syed Mustafiz Ahmed from Indian National Congress got a total vote of 2,37,630.

 Bhartruhari Mahtab

  • In the session of 1999 the 13th Lok Sabha election was held where again Bhartruhari Mahtab of Biju Janata Dal won with a total vote count of 4,07,603. Then the runner up candidate was Kanhu Charan Lenka from INC who got a total vote of 2,02,286.
  • In the session of 2004 the 14th Lok Sabha election was held where Bhartruhari Mahtab of Biju Janata Dal once again became the winner with a total vote count of 4,96,750. The runner up candidate was Jayanti Patnaik from INC who got a total vote of 3,23,552.
  • In the session of 2009 the 15th Lok Sabha election was held which is the present session where Bhartruhari Mahtab of Biju Janata Dal continued his winning streak with a total vote count of 4,65,089. The runner up candidate was B from INC Bibhuti Bhushan Mishra who got a total vote of 2,28,797.