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Balagarh (Vidhan Sabha constituency)


Balagarh (Vidhan Sabha constituency)

Vidhan Sabha constituency
Balagarh is located in West Bengal
Location in West Bengal
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Hooghly
Constituency No. 191
Type Reserved for SC
Lok Sabha constituency 28. Hooghly
Electorate (year) 207,702 (2011)

Balagarh (Vidhan Sabha constituency) is an assembly constituency in Hooghly district in the Indian state of West Bengal. The seat is reserved for scheduled castes.


  • Overview 1
  • Members of Legislative Assembly 2
  • Election results 3
    • 2011 3.1
    • 1977-2007 3.2
    • 1951-1972 3.3
  • References 4


As per orders of the Delimitation Commission, No. 191 Balagarh (Vidhan Sabha constituency) (SC) is composed of the following: Balagarh community development block and Chandrahati I, Chandrahati II, Digsui and Mogra I gram panchayats of Chinsurah-Mogra community development block.[1]

Balagarh (Vidhan Sabha constituency) is part of No. 28 Hooghly (Lok Sabha constituency).[1]It was earlier part of Katwa (Lok Sabha constituency).

Members of Legislative Assembly

Constituency Name of M.L.A. Party Affiliation
1951 Balagarh Brindaban Chattopadhyay Indian National Congress[2]
1957 Bejoy Krishna Modak Communist Party of India[3]
1962 Brindaban Chattopadhyay Indian National Congress[4]
1967 H.K.Das Indian National Congress[5]
1969 Abinash Pramanick Communist Party of India (Marxist)[6]
1971 Abinash Pramanick Communist Party of India (Marxist)[7]
1972 Biren Sarkar Indian National Congress[8]
1977 Abinash Pramanick Communist Party of India (Marxist)[9]
1982 Abinash Pramanick Communist Party of India (Marxist)[10]
1987 Abinash Pramanick Communist Party of India (Marxist)[11]
1991 Abinash Pramanick Communist Party of India (Marxist)[12]
1996 Dibakanta Routh Communist Party of India (Marxist)[13]
2001 Dibakanta Routh Communist Party of India (Marxist)[14]
2006 Dibakanta Routh Communist Party of India (Marxist)[15]
2007 By election Bhuban Pramanick Communist Party of India (Marxist)[16]
2011 Ashim Maji All India Trinamool Congress[17]

Election results


West Bengal assembly elections, 2011: Balagarh (SC) constituency[17][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
AITMC Ashim Maji 96,254 52.35 +8.42#
CPI(M) Bhuban Pramink 74,671 40.61 -5.26
BJP Banshi Raut 6,223 3.38
Independent Monoj Mistri 3,232
CPI(ML) Liberation Gautam Mondal 2,493
JDP Sanjib Malik 994
Turnout 183,867 88.52
AITMC gain from CPI(M) Swing 8.42#
.# Swing calculated on Congress+Trinamool Congress vote percentages taken together in 2007 by-election.
 West Bengal Legislative Assembly elections, 2011
Hooghly district summary
Party Seats won Seat change
Trinamool Congress 16 Increase14
Communist Party of India (Marxist) 1 Decrease12
Forward bloc 1 Decrease2
Marxist Forward Bloc 0 Decrease1

Note: New constituencies – 1, constituencies abolished – 2


The Balagarh seat fell vacant because of the death of the sitting MLA, Dibakanta Routh. In 2007 by-elections, Bhuban Pramanick of CPI(M) polled 60,101 votes to win the seat. Ashim Majhi of Trinamool Congress secured 51,691 votes, Bangshi Raut of the BJP secured 8,833 votes, Biswanath Malik of Congress secured 5,864 votes and Gautam Mandal of the CPI(ML) secured 4,530 votes.[16]

Contests in most years were multi cornered but only winners and runners are being mentioned. Dibakanta Routh of CPI (M) won the Balagarh (SC) assembly seat in 2006,[15] 2001[14] and 1996,[13] defeating his nearest rivals, Asim Patra of Trinamool Congress, Lakshmi Parui of Trinamool Congress and Biswanath Malik of Congress, in the respective years. Abinash Pramanik of CPI (M) won the seat in 1991,[12] 1987,[11] 1982[10] and 1977[9] defeating his nearest rivals Biswanath Malik, Gopal Krishna Dhar, Nilmoni Mandal and Gauranga Halder, all of Congress, in the respective years.[19]


Biren Sarkar of Congress won in 1972.[8] Abinash Pramanik of CPI(M) won in 1971[7] and 1969.[6] H.K.Das of Congress won in 1967.[5] Brindaban Chattopdhyay of Congress won in 1962.[4] Bejoy Krishna Modak of CPI won in 1957.[3] In independent India’s first election in 1951[2] the Balagarh seat was won by Brindaban Chattopdhyay of Congress.


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