Bilasipara West is one of the 126 assembly constituencies of the Assam assembly constituency. It is the 26th assembly constituency and comes under the Dhubri Lok Sabha constituency.
Assembly Constituency name & number- Bilasipara West, 26
Bilasipara West is one of the 126 assembly constituencies of the Assam assembly constituency. It is serialized as the 26th assembly constituency and comes under the Dhubri Lok Sabha constituency. The place is under Bilasipara municipal board, where the widely spoken language is 'Ujani'. The Bilasipara Municipal Board includes two assembly constituencies, namely- Bilasipara East and Bilasipara West. People belonging to different castes, religions and tribes are residing under the Bilasipara Municipal Board. Geographically it is located at 26.23°N 90.23°E with an average elevation of 26 meters.
The majority of the Bilasipara Municipal Board population are dependent upon farming and other forms of food production. The products available in the markets, such as vegetables, are largely homegrown, and they are exported to other places around the state as well. Gaurang, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, runs amidst the town, which is the primary source of water other than small lakes and ponds in the town.
The Bilasipara town combining both the constituencies West and East has numerous educational institutions. The place has both English and Assamese medium schools and Hindi and Bengali medium schools as well. In terms of higher education, there are multiple colleges in the town, and a few of them are- Bilasipara college, B.M. Jr. College, N.H. Memorial Academy, Bilasipara Science Academy etc.
Additionally, in terms of healthcare, the town has one civil hospital, few private clinics and one SHC hospital.
The population of the Bilasipara circle of Dhubri district is 2,18,445, according to the 2011 census reports. There are 1,11,992 are male and 1,06,453 are female. The 2011 census report says that 4% of the total population lives in urban areas, and another 4% lives in rural areas.
As far as connectivity and transportation are concerned, Bilasipara is well connected through bus routes to all parts of Assam and especially to North of Bengal. On 25th April 2019, Bilasipara was connected with rail routes as well; hence, transportation is no longer an issue in the Bilasipara circle.
India has a total of 542 parliamentary constituencies. The general category occupies a total of 441 seats, and S.C. and S.T. categories occupy 84 & 47 seats, respectively. Bilasipara West constituency falls under the Dhubri parliamentary constituency. The Lok Sabha or the parliamentary constituency does not fall under the category of reserved seats for S.C. or S.T. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Badruddin Ajmal, who represented All India United Democratic Front, won the elections by defeating Abu Taher Bepari from the Indian National Congress. The winning margin of votes was 2,26,258. [Also Check - List of Bilasipara West Constituency(Vidhan Sabha) Polling Booths]
Dhubri is an administrative district of Assam. The district headquarter is located in Dhubri itself, which was also the headquarter of the erstwhile undivided Goalpara district created in 1876 by the British government. Later on, when Goalpara was divided into four districts, Dhubri was designated as a separate district of Assam. Dhubri is a Muslim majority district in the state, and according to the 2011 census, it's the second most populous district of Assam after Nagaon.
Geographically the district of Dhubri occupies an area of 2,838 square kilometres. The district is bordered by both interstate and international borders. In the West, it is bordered by West Bengal and Bangladesh; in the East, it is covered by Goalpara and Bongaigaon and Garo hills of Meghalaya, Kokrajhar district in the North and Bangladesh and Meghalaya in the South. Dhubri is a plain district with a few small hillocks Dudhnath, Tokorabandha, Chandardinga, Boukumari, Chakrasila, Boropahar, etc.; these small hillocks are all situated in the North-Eastern part of the district. The Brahmaputra flows through the middle of the district from East to West along with its tributaries like Gourang, Champabati, Gadaghar, Tipkai, Gangadhar, Silai, Sankosh, Jinjiram etc., The average rainfall of the district is 2,916mm annually.
There are two divisions in the district, which are- Bilasipara and Dhubri (Sadar). Additionally, there are eight revenue circles and seven tehsils with eight police stations and four basic towns.
As per the 2011 census, Dhubri district has a population of 1,949,256 with 240th ranking in all India basis. The population density of the district is 1,171 inhabitants per square kilometre. From the year 2001 to 2010, Dhubri has seen a population growth of 24.4%, and it has a literacy rate of 59.36%. The sex ratio of the district is 952 females for every 1000 male.
Dhubri is primarily dependent on forest and agricultural products for its economy. Paddy is the main source of earning for the inhabitants of Dhubri. The major share of the crops are- jute and mustard; additionally, wheat, maize, sugar cane and pulses are also grown moderately in the district.
When it comes to transportation, Dhurbri has an airport in Rupshi, which is 15 kilometres away from the town, which was formed by the British government during the Second World War; however, the airport is now totally closed and out of service.
Apart from it, the place has a railway station that is functioning smoothly, and the 37 national highway passes through the middle of the town, which is one of the major routes to connect Assam with West Bengal.
In the 2016 assembly elections, Bilasipara West had a total of 1,47,151 registered voters. Out of the total figure, there are 75,464 male voters, and 71,687 are female voters. In the said election, the voter turnout percentage was 93.07%, and Hafiz Bashir Ahmed, who represented All India United Democratic Front, won with a margin of 11,202 votes. Ali Akbar Miah, who contested independently, got 33,205 votes.
The approximate population of Bilasipara West is 50,000.
Male/Female Electoral Distributions
As per the Election commission of India, Bilasipara West has 1,47,151 registered voters in the 2016 assembly elections. Out of these, 75,464 are male voters, and 71,687 are female voters.
Polling percentage for the last three years (which constituency has been the stronghold for which party and for how long. What has been the voting pattern)-
In the last three elections i.e. 2014, 2016, 2019, AIUDF is seen to be a dominating political party gathering ample amounts of votes. INC comes in the second position, which got a comparatively lesser amount of votes than the AIUDF. In the 2016 Vidhansabha elections, Hafiz Bashir Ahmed of the AIUDF party won with 44,407 votes. The runner of the same election was Ali Akbar Miah from the IND1 party. Hafiz Bashir Ahmed from the AIUDF party won with a margin of 11,202 votes.
In the previous assembly elections, that is, the 2011 elections, the same contender Hafiz Bashir Ahmed from AIUDF won with 40,501 votes. The runner up was the same as well, that is Ali Akbar Miah from the INC party. The winning margin was 3784 votes.
The 2019 Lok sabha elections have Badaruddin Ajmal as the winner who represented AIUDF and won with 69684 votes, with a 46.31% share. Abu Taher Bepari was the runner up who contested from the Indian National Congress and got 34.68% of the total share of votes. The lowest of all was Alakesh Roy from the HND party, who got only 0.44% of votes.
The percentage of winning party AIUDF is 32.29%, and the runner up party that is IND is 24.15%. Other losing parties INC, AGP and CPI got 18.55% and 10.68%, and 4.94%, respectively, as we can see that the wave of victory is weighted towards AIUDF both in the Assembly elections and in the Lok Sabha elections as well. As we have mentioned earlier, Bilasipara West is a Muslim majority place; hence, the voting pattern is more bent towards AIUDF and their community representatives.
Candidates in the last election & result (winner and Looser)
In the last assembly election, the AIUDF candidate Hafiz Bashir Ahmed won with a total vote of 44,407 with a 32.29% share. Ali Akbar Miah from the IND lost the battle with a margin of 3784 votes. Sabana Aktar from the Indian National Congress came in the third position by securing 25,515 votes. The least of them all is Prakriti Kumar Nath and Yousub Ali Ahmed, and they got 486 and 250 votes, respectively.
As observed through both the assembly and parliamentary election graph, AIUDF is a dominating party in the said constituency. Therefore, in the coming elections too, it can be predicted that AIUDF is in a favourable position and might win the 2021 assembly elections as well.