One of the 11 parliamentary constituencies in Chhattisgarh, Kanker Lok Sabha constituency will go to polls in the second phase of general elections on April 18. The Kanker Lok Sabha constituency in Naxal-affected Chhattisgarh covers the entire district of Kanker and also parts of Dhamtari, Balod and Kondagaon districts.
The seat is reserved for candidates belonging to the scheduled tribes. The constituency has a huge tribal population.
The constituency is a strong bastion of the BJP which has not lost from here since 1998. Vikram Dev Usendi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won from here in 2014. Before him, Sohan Potai won the seat for four consecutive terms.
Usendi has been denied ticket this time as the BJP decided to not repeat candidates in any of the 11 seats in the state. Mohan Mandav is contesting on a BJP ticket and is facing Congress’ Biresh Thakur and BSP’s Sube Singh Dhurva.
The Congress hopes to win the seat in 2019 after its impressive show in Assembly elections last year. The Congress won 68 seats in 90-member Legislative Assembly.
Kanker Lok Sabha constituency comprises eight legislative assembly segments: Sihawa (ST), Sanjari Balod, Dondi Lohara (ST), Gunderdehi, Antagarh (ST), Bhanupratappur (ST), Kanker (ST) and Keshkal (ST).
The constituency is considered sensitive in terms of security as it falls next to Bastar district, the worst Maoist-affected district in the state.
The polling on this seat will be held in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on April 18. three constituencies Chhattisgarh’s 11 Lok Sabha seats – Mahasamund, Kanker(ST) and Rajnandgaon – will go to polls in the second phase. The results of the Lok Sabha election 2019 will be declared on May 23.