Trinamool Congress is a dominant force in Kanthi Dakshin assembly constituency. The party also gains from the sorry state of affairs that characterize the opposition parties. Internal factionalism in the CPM is a cause of concern for the Left which is not able to win the confidence of the voters after its decimation in 2011 in all the constituencies of the Purba Medinipur district in which the Kanthi South is located.
|Name of the Candidate||Party Name||Results|
|None of the Above||None of the Above||2311|
|JAHANGIR MAHAMMAD SK.||BNP||754|
|DR. ARUN KUMAR GIRI||ABHM||639|
TMC’s Dibyendu Adhikari is the sitting legislator of Kanthi South which was won by him in 2011 by defeating Communist Party of India candidate Uttam Pradhan by a handsome margin of 28637 votes in a bipolar contest. In that election while 86933 votes were polled by Dibyendu Adhikari, the CPI nominee secured 58296 votes. Kamalesh Mishra, who entered the fray ion behalf of the BJP, was relegated to the third place with just 5,004 votes.
Dibyendu Adhikari was elected from Contai South, which later became Kanthi Dakshin, in a by-election held in 2009, necessitated due to the election of the sitting TMC MLA Suvendu Adhikari to Lok Sabh from Tamluk parliamentary constituency.
One of the sixteen assembly constituencies located in the Purba Medinipur district in West Bengal, Kanthi South assembly constituency is formed by the areas covered by Contai municipality, Contai -1 block, and Kusumpur and Durmuth gram panchayats of Contai-3 block. Kanthi Dakshin is one of the seven assembly segments the combination of which creates the parliamentary constituency of Kanthi.
In 2011 assembly election to Kanthi South, there was a total electorate of 175105. Of them, 91778 were males and 83327 were females.
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