Vidhan Sabha constituency
|Type||Reserved for SC|
|Lok Sabha constituency||35. Purulia|
|Electorate (year)||184,034 (2011)|
|CPI (M)||Dipak Bauri||61,622||42.2||-10.45|
|INC gain from CPI (M)||Swing||19.53#|
.# Swing calculated on Congress+Trinamool Congress vote percentages taken together in 2006. Intervening by-election ignored for comparisons.
|Party||Seats won||Seat change|
|Indian National Congress||2||1|
|Communist Party of India (Marxist)||1||7|
Note: New constituency – 1, constituencies abolished – 3 (See template talk page for details)
Subsequent to the resignation of the sitting MLA, Bilasibala Sahis, after her election to the Zilla Parishad (district council), Minu Bauri of CPI(M) won the Para seat in the 2009 by-elections defeating Charan Bauri of JMM.
In 2006, 2001, 1996 and 1991 Bilasibala Sahis of CPI(M) won the Para assembly seat defeating her nearest rivals Sima Bauri of Trinamool Congress, Mira Bauri of Trinamool Congress, Gobordhan Bagdi of JMM and Durgadas Bauri of Congress respectively. Contests in most years were multi cornered but only winners and runners are being mentioned. Gobinda Bauri of CPI(M) defeated Kashinath Bauri of Congress in 1987, and Sarat Das of Congress in 1982 and 1977.
Sarat Das of Congress won in 1972 and 1971. Tinkori Bouri of Bangla Congress won in 1969. S. Bauri of Bangla Congress won in 1967. Nepal Bauri of Congress won in 1962. The Para seat did not exist in 1957. In independent India’s first election in 1951, the seat was entitled Para cum Chas. The areas now part of Purulia district was then part of Bihar. The joint seat was won by Sarat Mochi of Congress and Deoshankar Prasad Singh, Independent.