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Odisha has a total of 21 Lok Sabha constituencies and Puri is considered one of the most important seats.
According to the census, the total population of Puri is 19,11,898, among which 15.54% of voters are from Scheduled Caste while 1.47% voters belong to Scheduled Tribes. Further, 16.98% of voters live in urban areas while 83.02% voters stay in rural areas.
The total number of voters from the constituency are 14,04,581. Of them, 7,42,939 and 6,61,642 are male and female voters respectively.
Elections for Puri were held on Apr 23. Talking about previous elections, BJD's sitting MP Pinaki Mishra defeated INC's Sucharita Mohanty by a huge margin of 263,361 votes.
A total of 74% voters cast their vote in these elections.
Puri witnessed a three-cornered contest between popular candidate Sambit Patra of BJP, BJD's Pinaki Mishra and Congress's Satya Prakash Nayak.
The high-profile Puri witnessed a neck-to-neck battle this time. And the results brought good news for Biju Janata Dal's PINAKI MISRA who snatched the seat from Bharatiya Janata Party's Dr Sambit Patra. The vote margin was 11,714.