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Kalahandi is one of the 21 Lok Sabha constituencies of Odisha.
According to the data from last census, 21,87,251 people stay in Kalahandi. Out of them, 16.86% of voters are from Scheduled Caste while 21,87,251 belong to Scheduled Tribes. Moreover, the number of voters belonging to urban areas is 7.13% while the rural areas from the constituency houses 92.87% people.
Out of the total 14,74,135 voters, there are 7,50,694 male voters while 7,23,441 voters are females.
To recall, the sitting MP Arka Keshari Deo from BJD defeated BJP's Pradipta Kumar Naik by 56,347 votes in the previous elections.
A total of 76% voters cast their vote in these elections.
The result of Kalahandi is out, as BASANTA KUMAR PANDA of Bharatiya Janata Party emerged as the winner in a neck-to-neck battle against PUSPENDRA SINGH DEO (Biju Janata Dal). The former garnered 433074 votes and won by a margin of 26,814 votes.
Bahujan Samaj Party fielded Premananda Bag while the Biju Janata Dal gave a ticket to Puspendra Singh Deo. Similarly, the Indian National Congress placed its bet on Bhakta Charan Das.