Balasore Odisha Parliamentary Constituency 2014, Balasore Lok sabha Contituency Details, Political News, Odisha Lok Sabha Elections 2014 News Updates, Balasore Parliamentary Constituency details 2014, Balasore MP Issues

Balasore Odisha Parliamentary Constituency 2014, Balasore Lok sabha Contituency Details, Political News, Odisha Lok Sabha Elections 2014 News Updates, Balasore Parliamentary Constituency details 2014, Balasore MP Issues

About the Constituency:

One of the 21 Lok Sabha constituencies of the state of Odisha, Balasore or Baleshwar Constituency covers seven assemblies, two of which are reserved for the SC category, formed prior to the elections of the year 1951. According to Election Commission of India 2009 data the total electorates in the Balasore Parliamentary constituency (constituency number 6) were 1,269,342 of which 616,264 are females and 653,078 are males.

About Balasore:

The city of Balasore is the headquarters of administration in the Balasore District and is famous for being the site of Integrated Test Range for the Indian Ballistic Missile Defense Program. It lies in north Odisha at a distance of about 192 kms from Bhubaneswar, at a height of 16 metres. The District of Balasore covers an area of 3,634 sq kms.  

According to 2011 census, the city had a population of over 1,18,000 and the Metro population in the district was about 1,77,500, making it one of the top ten most populous cities of the state. Males comprise about 52% of the total population and 11% consists of children below the age of six. The sex ratio of the District is 957 females per 1,000 males. The average literacy rate of the city is 86% with male literacy rate being 88% and female literacy being 76%. 

It is the education hub of north Odisha and is home to the premier centre of Fakir Mohan University as well as several engineering, medical as well as law colleges. Agriculture as well as fishing is the main source of income here. National Highways NH-5 and NH-60 place Balasore on the road network of the Golden Quadrilateral. 

 Present Political Scenario:

One of few seats where BJD’s presence is limited

In Odisha, the one seat of considerable interest would be Balasore, where BJP has fielded sitting MLA, Pratap Sarangi who has a chance of becoming a giant killer if he can possibly defeat Srikant Jena, union minister for chemicals and fertilizers.

Where BJP can fancy its chances?

 BJP still has pockets of influence in Nilgiri, Remuna and Jaleswar assembly segments and Congress is battling huge anti-incumbency, while this is one seat where there is limited influence of the ruling BJD.

 A Look: Sitting MP

Name of MP

Srikanta Kumar Jena

Age

63

Nature of Membership

Elected

Term

18-May-09 to In office

Political Party

Indian National Congress

Gender

Male

Educational Qualification

Graduate