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Odisha's Kandhamal is one of the 21 Lok Sabha constituencies of the state.
According to the census, the total population of Kandhamal is 17,01,708, among which 19.73% of voters are from Scheduled Caste while 29.91% voters belong to Scheduled Tribes. Further, 8.11% of voters live in urban areas while 91.89% voters stay in rural areas.
The total number of voters from the constituency are 11,43,602. Of them, 5,82,340 and 5,61,262 are male and female voters respectively.
In the previous elections, BJD's sitting MP Hemendra Chandra Singh defeated INC's Harihara Karana by a huge margin of 181,017 votes.
A total of 73% voters cast their vote in these elections.
In a hard fought battle between ACHYUTANANDA SAMANTA (Biju Janata Dal) and Mahameghabahan Aira Kharabela Swain (Bharatiya Janata Party), the former emerged victorious by a margin of 149,216 votes.
For this seat, Indian National Congress placed its bet on Manoj Kumar Acharya while the Biju Janata Dal fielded Achyutananda Samanta. Amir Nayak was the candiate from Bahujan Samaj Party.