Kokrajhar West is one of the 126 assembly constituencies of the Assam assembly constituency. It is the 29th assembly constituency and comes under the Kokrajhar Lok Sabha constituency.
Assembly constituency name and number- Kokrajhar West, 29
Kokrajhar West is one of the 126 assembly constituencies of the Assam assembly constituency. It is serialized as the 29th assembly constituency and comes under the Kokrajhar Lok Sabha constituency. It's a small town that comes under the Bodoland region of the state of Assam, India.
Kokrajhar West is a multi-ethnic constituency. People belonging to different castes, religion and tribes reside in the said constituency; however, it is observed that the dominating tribe in Kokrajhar West belongs to the Bodo community. A majority of its indigenous people belong to the Hindu religion, and a small portion of it comprises of the Christian religion.
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. Gossaigaon constituency falls under the Kokrajhar parliamentary constituency. The Lok Sabha or the parliamentary constituency falls under the category of reserved seats for S.T. Kokrajhar Lok Sabha constituency has 1,377,837 electorates in total, out of which 707,603 are males, and 670,234 are females based on the 2009 Election Commission data. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Naba Kumar Sarania, who contested independently, won the elections by defeating Pramila Rani Brahma from the Bodoland People's Front. The winning margin of votes was 39,146 votes. [Also Check - List of Kokrajhar West Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) Polling Booths]
Kokrajhar is an administrative district in the Bodoland Territorial Region of Assam. The district headquarter is located in Kokrajhar itself, with an area of 3,169.22 square kilometres, which is predominantly inhabited by the Bodo tribe. Kokrajhar predominantly has two sub-divisions, namely- Gossaigaon and Parbatjhora and five revenue circles called- Kokrajhar, Bhaoraguri, Dotma, Gossaigaon, and Bagribari. According to the 2011 census, Kokrajhar has a population of 887,141 with 467th ranking in India out of 640.
Geographically the district of Kokrajhar occupies an area of 3,192 square kilometres. The district is bordered by Bongaigaon, Dhubri, West Bengal, Barpeta and Bhutan. It is located in the North-Eastern part of the Brahmaputra and is a gateway to the seven sister states.
As per the 2011 census, Kokrajhar district has a population of 887,142 with 467th ranking in all India basis. The population density of the district is 280 inhabitants per square kilometre. From the year 2001 to 2010, Kokrajhar has seen a population growth of 5.19, and it has a literacy rate of 66.63%. The sex ratio of the district is 958 females for every 1000 male.
In the year 2006, the Indian government labelled Kokrajhar as one of the country's 250 most backward districts. It's one of the eleven districts of Assam which is currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme.
In terms of tourism, Kokrajhar has Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary spreading across to a vast area. It is the major tourist destination of the district and a treasure trove of wildlife, flora and fauna. It is home to many rare animals like the golden langur, rhesus macaque, Indian pipistrelle, Chinese pangolin, Asiatic Jackal, and Bengal Fox. Additionally, various species of birds like hornbill, little cormorant, night heron, cotton teal, the open billed stork can be seen in Kokrajhar.
There are also other sightseeing spots in Kokrajhar, such as Daimalu park, Thandwai Brahma Memorial Park, Mahamaya Dham, Mahamaya Sanghat Mandir etc. One can also enjoy thrilling adventurous activities like river rafting, river camping, canoeing in Kokrajhar. The markets in Kokrajhar also offers beautiful ethenic and handmade souvenirs made of bamboo, wood, clay and the like.
In the 2016 assembly elections, Kokrajhar West had a total of 159496 registered voters. Out of the total figure, there are 82533 male voters, and 76963 are female voters. In the said election, the voter turnout percentage was 88.05, and Rabiram Narzary, who represented BOPF, won with a margin of 64423 votes. Dahit Chandra Brahma, who contested from AIUDF, was the runner up, and he got 47083 votes. The winning margin was 17340 votes.
As per the 2011 census, the population of Kokrajhar East was 244799. Out of the total population, 100% people belonged to the rural area and 0% people lived in the urban areas.
Cast and tribe in the constituency
In Kokrajhar East, 4.23% of people belong to the Schedule caste and 23.3% people are from the Schedule tribe.
Male/Female Electoral Distributions
As per the Election commission of India, Kokrajhar West has 159496 registered voters in the 2016 assembly elections. Out of these, 82533 are male voters, and 76963 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, BOPF is seen to be a dominating and consistent political party gathering ample amounts of votes. IND1 comes in the second position, which got a comparatively lesser amount of votes than the BOPF. In the 2016 Vidhansabha elections too, Rabiram Narzary of the BOPF party won with 64423 votes. The runner of the same election was Dahit Chandra Brahma from the AIUDF party. Rabiram Narzary from the BOPF party won with a margin of 17340 votes.
In the previous assembly elections, that is, the 2011 elections, the Pradip Kumar Brahma from BOPF won with 68838 votes. The runner up was Urkhao Gwra Brahma from the IND1. The winning margin was 17340 votes.
The 2019 Lok sabha elections have Naba Kumar Sarania as the winner who contested independently and won with 57405 votes, with a 37.68% share. Pramila Rani Brahma was the runner up who contested from the BOPF and got 24.26% of the total share of votes. The lowest of all was Rajesh Narzary from the VPI party, who got only 1.05% of votes.
Percentage of the vote share of political parties in the last election
The percentage of winning party BOPF is 45.71%, and the runner up party that is AIUDF is 33.41%. Other losing contestants are all played independently and got 13.22%, 2.52%, and 1.02%, respectively, as we can see that the wave of victory is weighted towards BOPF in the Assembly elections; the same might repeat in the 2021 assembly elections as well.
Candidates in the last election & result (winner and Looser)
In the last assembly election, the BOPF candidate Rabiram Narzary won with a total vote of 64423 with a 45.71% share. Dahit Chandra Brahma from the AIUDF lost the battle with a margin of 17340 votes. Urkhao Gwra Brahma, a candidate from an independent party, came in the third position by securing 18629 votes. The least of them all is Nilima Brahma and Bhadreswar Brahma, both contested independently and got 3545 and 1437 votes, respectively.
As observed through both the assembly and parliamentary elections, the graph is not quite stable. As for the current situation, it can be said that the dominating party in the said constituency is BOPF. Therefore, in the coming elections, too, it can be predicted that BOPF is in a favourable position and might win the 2021 assembly elections as well.