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Koraput Lok Sabha Constituency: A Lookout

Koraput, February 23, Abhijit Saha: Koraput 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. Koraput has a population of 1,379,647 according to the census of 2011 of which 49.2 percent are male and 50.8 percent are female population with a sex ratio of 1032 females over 1000 males. The average literacy rate according to 2011 is 49.21 percent while it was only 35.72 percent in 2001.

Koraput is mainly an Adivasi district and the town is located within the tribal belt of the region. This place is famous for its Jagannath Temple also known as Sabara Srikhetra. The district is well connected with other districts of Osisha and has a 157 km long National Highway. Koraput is named as one of the most backward districts by the Ministry of Pachayati Raj in 2006. For the tribal people of the district, Agriculture is the principal source of income.

Koraput is surrounded by forests, mountains and waterfalls. Koraput is also a top tourist place with several hill stations near it. Major rivers like Bansadhara, Machhakunda and Kolab passes through the district. Some places of interest are Hatipahar, Jalaput, Mahkund, Chindri, Sabara Srikhera, Gupteswar Temple, etc.

Sabara Srikhetra Jagannath Temple

Sabara Srikhetra Jagannath Temple

The present MP of the Lok Sabha for this constituency is Shri Jayaram Pangi. He is from the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) party. He was the first from any party other than Indian National Congress (INC) to win this seat. The Parliamentary Constituency of Koraput (ST) is a strong seat for the INC.

The Assembly constituencies that constitute this parliamentary constituency are : Gunupur, Bisam Cuttack, Koraput, Rayagada, Pottangi, Lakshmipur and Jeypore.

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

  • In the session of 1957 Lok Sabha election was held where Tokaya Sanganna came out as the winner with a total vote count of 74272.  He was from the Indian National Congress (INC). No other candidate was contesting against him for this session.
  • In the session of 1962 Lok Sabha election was held where Ulaka Ramachandra won the seat with a total vote count of 39,850 representing the party of Indian National Congress (INC). Soboro Dumba of GP party stood as a candidate against him and became the runner up candidate with total vote of 13,601.
  • In the session of 1967 Lok Sabha election was held where Ulaka Ramachandra once again became the winner of the seat with a total vote count of 59,846 and was contesting for the Indian National Congress (INC) party. The runner up candidate D Soboro was contesting for SWA party and got a total vote of 56,856.
  • In the session of 1971 Lok Sabha election was held where Bhagirathi Gomango was the winner of the seat with a total vote count of 70,012 and was representing the Indian National Congress (INC) party. The runner up contestant was Babaji Haraka who got a total vote of 53,338 and was fighting for SWA party.
  • In the session of 1977 Lok Sabha election was held where Giridhar Gomango was the winner of the seat with a total vote count of 78,494 and was a candidate of the Indian National Congress (INC) party. The runner up contestant was Mutika Papanna who got a total vote of 64,065 and was from the party Bharatiya Lok Dal (BLD).
  • In the session of 1980 Lok Sabha election was held where Giridhar Gomango won the seat once again with a total vote count of 97,194 contesting for Indian National Congress INC (I). The runner up candidate who stood against him was Jayaram Pangi and was contesting for JNP (S) and got a total vote of 32,876.

Giridhar Gomango

 Giridhar Gomango

  • In the session of 1984 Lok Sabha election was held where Giridhar Gomango won the seat for Indian National Congress (INC) with a total vote count of 1,54,713 against runner up candidate Labanyo Saboro who was fighting for the seat from Janata Party (JNP) and got a total vote of 54,891.
  • In the session of 1991 Lok Sabha election was held where Giridhar Gomango won the seat for the fourth consecutive time with a total vote count of 2,34,501 and was contesting from Indian National Congress (INC). The runner up candidate who stood against him was Jayaram Pangi contesting for Janata Dal (JD) who got a total vote of 92,909.
  • In the session of 1996 Lok Sabha election was held where Giridhar Gomango won the seat for the fifth consecutive time with a total vote count of 3,01,241 for Indian National Congress (INC) against the runner up candidate Jayaram Pangi fighting for Janata Dal (JD) who got total vote of 1,63,588.
  • In the session of 1998 Lok Sabha election was held where Giridhar Gomango became the winner of the seat for the sixth consecutive time with a total vote count of 2,67,425 and was contesting for Indian National Congress (INC). Jayaram Pangi was the runner up candidate contesting for Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and got a total vote of 1,85,909.
  • In the session of 1999 Lok Sabha election was held where Hema Gamang from Indian National Congress (INC) had won the seat with a total vote count of 2,77,555. She was the first female candidate who won the seat for this constituency. Jayaram Pangi became the runner up candidate who got a total vote of 2,65,401 and was contesting for Biju Janata Dal (BJD) party.
  • In the session of 2004 Lok Sabha election was held where Giridhar Gomango from Indian National Congress (INC) won the seat with a total vote count of 3,34,748. The runner up candidate was Papanna Mutika who was fighting for Biju Janata Dal and got a total vote of 2,91,481.

Shri Jayaram Pangi

Shri Jayaram Pangi

  • In the session of 2009 Lok Sabha election was held where Jayaram Pangi won the seat for Biju Janata Dal (BJD) with a total vote count of 3,12,776. This time Giridhar Gomango became the runner up candidate from Indian National Congress (INC) where he got a total vote of 2,16,416.
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