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Odisha's Balasore is one of the 21 Lok Sabha constituencies of the state.
As per the last census report, Balasore houses 20,07,198 people. Out of them, 18.66% of voters belong to Scheduled Caste category while 17.89% belong to Scheduled Tribes category. Moreover, 11.00% of voters are from urban areas while 89.00% voters stay in rural areas.
There are a total of 13,66,218 voters in the constituency. Among which, 7,09,342 are male voters and 6,56,876 are female voters.
The sitting MP Rabindra Kumar Jena from BJD defeated BJP's Pratap Chandra Sarangi by a huge margin of 141,825 votes in the previous elections.
A total of 77% voters cast their vote in these elections.
After a neck-to-neck battle which brought voters on the edge of their seats, PRATAP CHANDRA SARANGI won the Balasore. RABINDRA KUMAR JENA was defeated by a margin of 12,956 votes.
Biju Janata Dal fielded Rabindra Kumar Jena while the Bharatiya Janata Party gave a ticket to Pratap Chandra Sarangi. Similarly, the All India Trinamool Congress placed its bet on Haji SK Abdul Istar.