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West Bengal Assembly election 2021, Manteswar profile: Sitting MLA Saikat Panja has crossed over from TMC to BJP

The Manteswar Assembly constituency lies in the Purba Bardhaman district of West Bengal

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The Manteswar Assembly constituency lies in the Purba Bardhaman district of West Bengal. It is a part of the Bardhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha constituency.

In 2016, Manteswar had a total of 2,19,094 registered electors.

Voter turnout in previous election

The voter turnout for the constituency of Manteswar in the 2016 Assembly election was 87.05 percent.

Past election results and winners

In the 2016 Assembly election, Sajal Panja of the All India Trinamool Congress won the Manteswar Assembly constituency. He won 84,134 votes, as against 83,428 votes won by his main rival Chaudhari Mohammed Hidayatullah of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

Following Sajal Panja’s death, bypolls were held in the constituency in November 2016. In the bypolls, Saikat Panja of the the All India Trinamool Congress won against Mohammed Osman Gani Sarkar of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). In December 2020, Panja switched over to the BJP.

In the 2011 Assembly election, Chaudhari Mohammed Hidayatullah of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) won the Manteswar seat by defeating Abu Ayesh Mondal of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

Elections for the West Bengal Assembly will be held in eight phases, up from seven last time, beginning with polling for 30 seats on 27 March. The second phase of West Bengal’s assembly elections has been scheduled for 1 April and will cover 30 constituencies, followed by the third phase on 6 April for 31 seats, the fourth on 10 April for 44 constituencies, the fifth on 17 April for 45 seats, sixth for 43 seats on 22 April, seventh phase on 26 April for 36 seats and last and eighth phase on 29 April for 35 seats.

The results of the election will be declared on 2 May.

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