Mangaldoi is one of 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in the north-eastern state of Assam and will cast its vote in the 2019 election on April 18.
Mangaldoi Lok Sabha constituency covers 10 assembly segments – Kamalpur, Rangiya, Nalbari, Paneri, Kalaigaon, Sipajhar, Mangaldoi (SC), Dalgaon, Udalguri (ST) and Majbat.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha election here, BJP’s Ramen Deka defeated Congress’ Kirip Chaliha by 22,884 votes. Bodoland People’s Front candidate Sahadev Das, AIUDF’s Paresh Baishya and Asom Gana Parishad’s Madhab Rajbhagsi mopped up the remaining votes. The voter turnout was 81.38 per cent – far higher than the figure of 69.85 per cent in 2009 Lok Sabha election.
In 2009, the voter turnout may have been less than in 2014 but the outcome of the election was still the same. Deka downed Rajbhagsi – who was then with the Congress – by 55,849 votes.
The Mangaldoi Lok Sabha constituency has over 15 lakh electors and has traditionally been a Congress stronghold but has never won Lok Sabha elections here since 2004. Local reports however suggest that people at large here are now hinting at a change.
Source: Zee News