Asansol (Lok Sabha constituency)

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Asansol (Lok Sabha constituency)
Existence 1957-present
Reservation None
Current MP Babul Supriyo
Party Bharatiya Janata Party
Elected Year 2014
State West Bengal
Total Electors 1,469,684[1]
Assembly Constituencies Pandaveswar
Raniganj
Jamuria
Asansol Dakshin
Asansol Uttar
Kulti
Barabani

Asansol (Lok Sabha constituency) is one of the 543 parliamentary constituencies in India. The constituency centres on Asansol in West Bengal. All the seven assembly segments of No. 40 Asansol (Lok Sabha constituency) are in Bardhaman district.

Overview[edit]

On the eve of 2014 elections, The Statesman described the constituency as follows:” The Asansol Lok Sabha constituency is conspicuous by its mixed population - coal mine workers, factory workers, coal mafia, scrap dealers, minority population and a large section of Hindi speaking population.”[2]The New Indian Express said that the constituency was dotted with coal mines and … 50 per cent of the electorate was Hindi speaking.[3]The Statesman has put the proportion of non-Bengali voters in the constituency at 36%.[4]

The United News of India (UNI) has been candid about the second largest city and urban agglomeration in West Bengal after Kolkata that is a hub of coal mining and railway activity bordering Jharkhand. Asansol has seen, it writes, “a sustained hold over it by the CPI(M) since 1984 (1989?). Before that it was a tale of fluctuating fortune for the CPI(M) and the Congress… However, as the green surge swept Bengal to demolish the red bastion in 2011 Assembly elections... Moreover, as the Left still remained cornered in state politics, their neutralised voters are increasingly migrating to the BJP for a viable alternative.” [5]

Iisco Steel Plant, in this constituency, is being modernised and expanded with an investment of around Rs. 17,000 crores, the single largest investment in the state. The plant is ready for commissioning in 2014.[6]

Assembly segments[edit]

As per order of the Delimitation Commission issued in 2006 in respect of the delimitation of constituencies in the West Bengal, parliamentary constituency no. 40 Asansol is composed of the following assembly segments:[7]

Prior to delimitation, Asansol Lok Sabha constituency was composed of the following assembly segments:[8]Kulti (assembly constituency no. 257), Barabani (assembly constituency no. 258), Hirapur (assembly constituency no. 259), Asansol (assembly constituency no. 260), Raniganj (assembly constituency no. 261), Jamuria (assembly constituency no. 262) and Ukhra (SC) (assembly constituency no. 263)

Members of Parliament[edit]

Lok Sabha Duration Constituency Name of M.P. Party Affiliation
Second 1957-62 Asansol Mono Mohan Das Indian National Congress[9]
Atulya Ghosh Indian National Congress[9]
Third 1962-67 Atulya Ghosh Indian National Congress [10]
Fourth 1967-71 Deben Sen Samyukta Socialist Party[11]
Fifth 1971-77 Robin Sen Communist Party of India (Marxist)[12]
Sixth 1977-80 Robin Sen Commuunist Party of India (Marxist)[13]
Seventh 1980-84 Ananda Gopal Mukhopadhyay Indian National Congress[14]
Eighth 1984-89 Ananda Gopal Mukhopadhyay Indian National Congress[15]
Ninth 1989-91 Haradhan Roy Communist Party of India (Marxist)[16]
Tenth 1991-96 Haradhan Roy Communist Party of India (Marxist)[17]
Eleventh 1996-98 Haradhan Roy Communist Party of India (Marxist)[18]
Twelfth 1998-99 Bikash Chowdhury Communist Party of India (Marxist) [19]
Thirteenth 1999-04 Bikash Chowdhury Communist Party of India (Marxist)[20]
Fourteenth 2004-05 Bikash Chowdhury Communist Party of India (Marxist)[21]
Fourteenth 2004-05 Bikash Chowdhury Communist Party of India (Marxist)[21]
2005-09 Bansa Gopal Chowdhury Communist Party of India (Marxist)[22]
Fifteenth 2009-14 Bansa Gopal Chowdhury Communist Party of India (Marxist)[23]
Sixteenth 2014-incumbent Babul Suoriyo Baral Bharatiya Janata Party[24]

In 1951 the Asansol area was part of Burdwan (Lok Sabha constituency). In 1957, it was double seat constituency.

Election results[edit]

General election 2014[edit]

Indian general elections, 2014: Asansol[24][25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
BJP Babul Supriya Baral 4,19,983 36.76
AITMC Dola Sen 3,49,503 30.59
CPI(M) Bansa Gopal Chowdhury 2,55,829 22.39
INC Indrani Mishra 48,502 4.25
Independent Manash Sarkar 14,263 1.25
Independent Jyotirmoy Maiti 10,227 0.90
JMM Kanai Banerjee 5,728
Independent Sujit Kar 5,016
IUML Md. Reyazuddin 4,947
BSP Jarasandha Sinha 4,663
BMP Atul Chandra Bouri 4,256
SUCI(C) Ananta Lal Gupta 3,115
Gareeb Aadmi Party Mohammad Mustaqim 2,450 0.21
JDP Buro Murmu 2,434 0.21
NOTA None of the above 11,479 1.00
Majority 70,480 6.15
Turnout 11,42,395[1] 77.40
BJP gain from CPI(M) Swing


e • d Indian general election, 2014
West Bengal summary
Party Seats won Seat change Vote percentage
Trinamool Congress 34 Increase15 39.3
Communist Party of India (Marxist) 2 Decrease7 22.7
Communist Party of India 0 Decrease2 2.3
Revolutionary Socialist Party 0 Decrease2 2.4
Forward Bloc 0 Decrease2 2.1
Indian National Congress 4 Decrease2 9.6
Bharatiya Janata Party 2 Increase1 16.8
Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) 0 Decrease1 0.7

Source: Party-wise trends in General Election to the Lok Sabha 2014
List of successful candidates in General Elections 2009 to the 15th Lok Sabha


General election 2009[edit]

General Election, 2009: Asansol[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
CPI(M) Bansa Gopal Chowdhury 434,975
AITMC Moloy Ghatak 362,164
BJP Suryya Ray 49,646
BSP Ajay Singh 14,490
Independent Jyotirmoy Maity 13,190
LJP Goutam Das 10,181
Independent Jarasandha Sinha 8,831
Turnout 893,477 71.49
CPI(M) hold Swing
e • d Indian general election, 2009
West Bengal summary
Party Seats won Seat change Vote percentage
Trinamool Congress 19 Increase18 31.8
Indian National Congress 6 Increase0 13.45
Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) 1 Increase1 NA
Communist Party of India (Marxist) 9 Decrease17 33.1
Communist Party of India 2 Decrease1 3.6
Revolutionary Socialist Party 2 Decrease1 3.56
Forward bloc 2 Decrease1 3.04
Bharatiya Janata Party 1 Increase1 6.14

Source: List of successful candidates in General Elections 2009 to the 15th Lok Sabha
Statitical Report on General Elections 2004 to the 14th Lok Sabha
Statewise seats won and vote percentage - Lok Sabha 2009


General elections 1957-2014[edit]

Most of the contests were multi-cornered. However, only winners and runners-up are mentioned below:

Year Voters Voter Turnout Winner Runners up
%age Candidate %age Party Candidate %age Party
1957 629,589 39.83 Mono Mohan Das 29.6 Congress
Atulya Ghosh 26.01 Congress Ambuja Bhusan Bose 20.02 Independent[10]
1962 188,922 41.56 Atulya Ghosh 38.84 Congress Ket Narayan Misra 33.99 CPI[10]
1967 255,556 57.56 Deben Sen 40.56 SSP J.N.Mukhopadhyay 37.71 Congress[11]
1971 280,338 51.64 Robin Sen 49.38 CPI(M) Narayan Choudhury 36.81 Congress[12]
1977 2,87,230 44.38 Robin Sen 59.07 CPI(M) Syed Mohd. Jalal 32.97 Congress[13]
1980 4,23,790 55.52 Ananda Gopal Mukhopadyay 49.21 Congress Robin Sen 40.55 CPI(M)[14]
1984 6,25,070 69.94 Ananda Gopal Mukhopadyay 55.18 Congress Bamapada Mukherjee 40.87 CPI(M)[15]
1989 7,71,580 69.86 Haradhan Roy 49.59 CPI(M) Pradip Bhattacharjee 43.99 Congress[16]
1991 7,22,290 64.13 Haradhan Roy 45.13 CPI(M) Deba Prosad Roy 31.61 Congress[17]
1996 8,41,740 69.69 Haradhan Roy 46.37 CPI(M) Sukumar Bandopadhyay 40.60 Congress[18]
1998 8,83,830 71.12 Bikash Chowdhury 41.09 CPI(M) Moloy Ghatak 38.07 Trinamool Congress[19]
1999 8,29,150 65.52 Bikash Chowdhury 46.27 CPI(M) Moloy Ghatak 41.63 Trinamool Congress[20]
2004 7,26,480 66.52 Bikash Chowdhury 51.00 CPI(M) Moloy Ghatak 33.85 Trinamool Congress[21]
2005 Bansa Gopal Chowdhury CPI(M) Moloy Ghatak Trinamool Congress[22]
2009 893,477 71.49 Bansa Gopal Chowdhury CPI(M) Moloy Ghatak Trinamool Congress[23]
2014 11,42,395 77.40 Babul Supriyo 36.76 BJP Dola Sen 30.59 Trinamool Congress[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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