Durgapur under Bardhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha constituency

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The assembly segments area under Bardhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha constituency

Durgapur Lok Sabha constituency was one of the 543 parliamentary constituencies in India before the Lok Sabha election of 2009. The constituency was centred on Durgapur and was reserved for scheduled castes. However, as a consequence of the order of the Delimitation Commission in respect of the delimitation of constituencies in the West Bengal, this parliamentary constituency of Durgapur ceased to exist from 2009.

Durgapur – the industrial hub of Eastern India is now a part of a new Lok Sabha constituency named, Bardhaman-Durgapur. Prior to 2009, the assembly seats of Gangajalghati, Barjora, Sonamukhi and Kanksa which were a part of Durgapur Lok Sabha constituency are no longer a part of the new Lok Sabha constituency of Bardhaman-Durgapur.

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The assembly segments area under Bardhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha constituency

However both the assembly seats of Durgapur and the assembly seat of Galsi which were a part of Durgapur Lok Sabha constituency is now a constituent of Bardhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha constituency. On the other hand the assembly seats of Bardhaman South, Bardhaman North Monteswar and Bhatar, are now a part of Bardhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha constituency.

Before delimitation, the assembly seats of Durgapur, that were a part of Durgapur Lok Sabha constituency was having the name of Durgapur I and Durgapur II. But after delimitation the assembly seats of Durgapur has been given the new name of Durgapur Purba (East) and Durgapur Paschim (West).

Durgapur, which was earlier a part of a Lok Sabha constituency reserved for scheduled castes, is no longer under any such reservation.

The 2009 Lok Sabha poll was the first Lok Sabha poll for Durgapur after delimitation. CPI (M) candidate Sk. Saidul Haque won the seat comfortably defeating his nearest rival Nargis Begam of Indian National Congress (Congress) by a margin of 1,08,237 (One lakh eight thousand two hundred and thirty seven) votes.

In the last Lok Sabha poll of 2009, Trinamool Congress had an alliance with Congress. The alliance put Nargis Begum of Congress as its candidate in the Bardhaman-Durgapur parliamentary constituency against the Bardhaman Raj College lecturer Sk. Saidul Haque who was the Left Front candidate.

In spite of a strong anti-left swing, the CPI (M) candidate of Bardhaman-Durgapur won with ease. In 2009 Lok Sabha election, CPI (M) won just 9 seats from Bengal, while in 2004 Lok Sabha election the tally for the party was 26.

But this time the situation is quite different. Trinamool Congress (TMC) routed the Left Front Government from Bengal in 2011 assembly poll and is currently in power in Bengal. This time the TMC has decided to go on its own and has not formed any pre-poll alliance with the Congress.

Till today, Congress has not announced its candidate for the Bardhhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha constituency. Sources said that Congress will announce the name of its candidate from Bardhaman-Durgapur in a day or two. BJP candidate Debasree Chowdhury has already started campaign in Bardhaman-Durgapur parliamentary seat.

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