In the 2009 by-election, necessitated by the election of sitting MLA, Sudip Bandyopadhyay, to the Parliament from the Kolkata Uttar (Lok Sabha constituency), Swarnakamal Saha of Trinamool Congress won the 145 Bowbazar assembly seat. In 2006, the seat was won by Sudip Bandopadhyay of Congress defeating Rekha Singh of CPI(M). In 2001, the seat was won by Nayana Bandopahyay of Trinamool Congress defeating Ajit Pandey of CPI(M). Sudip Bandopadhyay of Congress won the seat defeating Sujit Mandal of JD in 1996, Joytilak Guha Roy of JD in 1991 and Md. Ismail of CPI(M) in 1987. In 1982, Abdul Rauf Ansari of Congress defeated Abul Hasan of CPI(M). In 1977, Abul Hasan of CPI(M) won the seat defeating Bijoy Krishna Dhandhania of Congress.