Kalahandi Lok Sabha Constituency: A Lookout

Feb 25, Abhijit Saha: Kalahandi Lok Sabha Constituency (No. 11) is a part of the 21 parliamentary (Lok Sabha) constituencies located in the south western part of the State of Odisha. Kalahandi has a population of 15, 76, 869 according to the census of 2011 of which 49.92 percent are male and 50.08 percent are female population with a sex ratio of 1003 females over 1000 males. The average literacy rate of Kalahandi is 59.22 percent while 10 years back it was is 45.94 percent.

This place is also known as Karunda Mandal. It is a Hindu majority place. It is connected with National Highway NH 201 and NH 217. This constituency is particularly known for its Ghumar dance, Singlia dance, Badikhel dance, Parja dance and Ushkuusha dance. It is among the bottom five constituencies in India in terms of socio economic development.

The Ministry of Panchayati Raj in 2006 named Kalahandi as one of the country’s most backward district. Culture and festivals are rich in this place. This place is often highlighted for poverty and starvation in the Indian National politics. This place is surrounded by hills and mountains. Some rivers that pass through Kalahandi are Tel, Indravati, Udanti, Nagabali, etc. Industry is very limited in this place. The district is covered with dense jungle forest. Some places of interest are Budharaja Temple, Thuamul Rampur and Lankeshwari Temple.

Sabha Mandap (King’s Meeting Place) At Kalahandi

Sabha (King's Meeting Place) At Kalahandi

 The present MP of the Lok Sabha for this constituency is Shri Bhakta Charan Das. He is from the Indian National Congress (INC) party.

The seven Legislative Assembly segments of Kalahandi Lok Sabha Constituency are: Nuapada, Khariar, Junagarh, Lanjigarh, Dharmgarh, Bhawanipatna and Narla.

Let us have a look into the list of MP’s during the various sessions.

  • In the session of 1957 Lok Sabha election was held where Bijaya Chandra Padhan came out as the winner of the seat with a total vote count of 1,51,681.  He was contesting from GP party and no candidate was contesting against him for this session.
  • In the session of 1962 Lok Sabha election was held where Pratap Keshari Deo won the seat with a total vote count of 65,974 and he was a candidate for GP Party. Suresh Chandra Behera became the runner up candidate for Indian National Congress (INC) with a total vote of 25,141.
  • In the session of 1967 Lok Sabha election was held where Pratap Keshari Deo became the winner of the seat again with a total vote count of 1,08,336 contesting for the SWA party. The runner up contestant Arjun Pattajoshi who got a total vote of 49,657 was from Indian National Congress (INC) party.
  • In the session of 1971 Lok Sabha election was held where Pratap Keshari Deo was the winner of the seat once again with a total vote count of 89,098. He was representing the SWA party. The runner up contestant was Arjun Pattajoshi who got a total vote of 23,224 and was fighting for Indian National Congress (INC).

Pratap Keshari Deo

Pratap Keshari Deo

  • In the session of 1977 Lok Sabha election was held where Pratap Keshari Deo won the seat for the fourth time with a total vote count of 1,17,816. This time he stood ad an IND candidate. The runner up contestant was Gangadhar Hota and was contesting for Bharatiya Lok Dal (BLD) who got a total vote of 64,555.
  • During the session of 1980 when Lok Sabha election was held Rasabehari Behara became the winner of the seat for INC (I) with a total vote count of 1,27,413 against runner up candidate Pratap Keshari Deo who fought for Janata Party (JNP) and got a total vote of 81,786.
  • In the session of 1984 Lok Sabha election was held where Jagannath Patnaik won the seat with a total vote count of 1,54,941 and he was contesting from Indian National Congress (INC). The runner up candidate who stood against him was Pratap Keshari Deo from Janata Party (JNP) who got 1,30,867 number of votes.
  • In the session of 1989 when Lok Sabha election was held Bhakta Charan Das became the winner of the seat with a total vote count of 2,11,929 contesting for Janata Dal (JD) against the runner up candidate Jagannath Patnaik fighting for Indian National Congress (INC) who got total vote of 1,59,977.

Bhakta Charan Das

Bhakta Charan Das

  • In the session of 1991 Lok Sabha election was held where Subhash Chandra Nayak became the winner of the seat with a total vote count of 1,33,406 who was contesting for Indian National Congress (INC). Bikram Keshari Deo was the runner up candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and got a total vote of 1,04,481.
  • In the session of 1996 Lok Sabha election was held where Bhakta Charan Das from the party SAP had won the seat with a total vote count of 2,00,080. Subhash Chandra Nayak from Indian National Congress (INC) became the runner up candidate who got a total vote of 1,47,047.
  • In the session of 1998 Lok Sabha election was held where Bikram Keshari Deo won the seat from BJP with a total vote count of 3,44,703. The runner up candidate was Bhakta Charan Das fighting for Indian National Congress (INC) and got a total vote of 2,24,789.

Bikram Keshari Deo

Bikram Keshari Deo

  • In the session of 1999 Lok Sabha election was held where again Bikram Keshari Deo from Baratiya Janata Party (BJP) won the seat with a total vote count of 3,71,911. The runner up candidate who stood against him was Bhakta Charan Das from Indian National Congress (INC) who got a total vote of 2,55,392.
  • In the session of 2004 Lok Sabha election was held where Bikram Keshari Deo from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) became the winner of the seat for the third consecutive time with a total vote count of 3,57,079. The runner up candidate was Bhakta Charan Das from Indian National Congress (INC) who got a total vote of 3,22,957.
  • In the session of 2009 Lok Sabha election was held where Bhakta Charan Das from INC won the seat with a total vote count of 4,01,736. The runner up candidate was Subhash Chandra Nayak contesting for Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Party who got 2,47,699 number of votes.