In the 2006 state assembly elections, Gopal Krishna Bhattacharya of CPI(M) won the Panihati assembly seat, defeating his nearest rival Nirmal Ghosh of Trinamool Congress. Contests in most years were multi cornered but only winners and runners are being mentioned. Nirmal Ghosh representing Trinamool Congress in 2001 defeated Kamal Sengupta Basu of CPI(M), and representing Congress in 1996 defeated Tania Chakraborty of CPI(M). Tania Chakraborty of CPI(M) defeated Nirmal Ghosh of Congress in 1991. Gopal Krishna Bhattacharya of CPI(M) defeated Tapan Chattopadhyay of Congress in 1987 and 1982, and Sanmatha Nath Ghosh of Janata Party in 1977.