Kolkata Dakshin candidates: CPI(M) veteran vs Congress-turned-TMC candidate vs grand-nephew of Netaji

A close look at candidates contesting the Kolkata Dakshin seat comprised of assembly segments in the southern part of the city

Kolkata Dakshin of West Bengal is a high profile constituency, currently held by Subrata Bakshi of All India Trinamool Congress (AITC). In the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, Subrata Bakshi beat nearest rival Tathagata Roy of the BJP by winning a whopping majority of the votes cast in this constituency.

This time, the main candidates in the Kolkata Dakshin constituency are Mala Roy of AITC, Nandini Mukherjee of CPI(M) and Chandra Kumar Bose of BJP.

Kolkata Dakshin is one of those constituencies that record very high voter turnout in the Lok Sabha elections. In 2014, the constituency witnessed a 69.3% voter turnout. A Trinamool stronghold for decades now, the constituency has seen current Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee represent this seat in six consecutive Lok Sabhas (1991-2009); in 2011 after Trinamool won the Assembly elections and Mamata Banerjee became CM, there was a bye-election for the seat that was won by Subrata Bakshi. In the 2014 elections, BJP occupied the second position, trailing behind Bakshi.

The constituency comprises the assembly segments of Kasba, Behala Purba, Behala Paschim, Kolkata Port, Bhabanipur, Rashbehari and Ballygunge. A sizeable number of Gujarati and Marwari residents make up the Bhabanipur area of the constituency. The expectation that their votes may go for the BJP this time is stirring up high hopes among the party.   

According to the CEO West Bengal, the total number of voters in the constituency is 17,28,259 — 896368 male, 831858 female and 33 other gender.

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Note – Map for representation purpose | Source – http://datameet.org

2014 Lok Sabha Elections

Incumbent MP: Subrata Bakshi

Name of candidate Party Votes secured Vote share (over total votes polled)
Subrata Bakshi TMC 431715 36.95%
Tathagata Roy BJP 295376 25.28%
Nandini Mukherjee CPM 278414 23.83%
Mala Roy INC 113453 9.71%
NOTA 19511 1.67%

Source: ECI

Know your candidates

  • Mala Roy (TMC)

Up until early 2015, Mala Roy of Congress was a known critic of AITC and Mamata Banerjee. Roy who unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha elections from Kolkata Dakshin in 2014 as a Congress candidate was suddenly seen posing for pictures with Mamata Banerjee in 2015. It was only a matter of time before she was formally inducted in the TMC. She claimed to have not got a chance to work for people while she was with Congress and hence the switch in allegiance. Four years hence, Roy is “1000 percent confident” of winning the Lok Sabha seat this time. 

Personal details

  • Age: 61
  • Education: Graduate
  • Occupation: Social service
  • Phone: 9433097666/9830009992
  • E-mail: malaroykolkatadakshin2019@gmail.com
  • Twitter: @MalaRoy03303471
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mala-Roy-Official-2173791549602682/

Pending criminal cases: Three.

Includes 1 charge related to criminal intimidation (IPC Section-506); 2 charges related to Abettor present when offence is committed (IPC Section-114); 1 charge related to Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object (IPC Section-149); 1 charge related to voluntarily causing hurt (IPC Section-323); 1 charge related to Mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees (IPC Section-427); 1 charge related to Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant (IPC Section-188); 1 charge related to Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention (IPC Section-34); 1 charge related to wrongful restraint (IPC Section-341); 1 charge related to rioting, armed with deadly weapon (IPC Section-148).

Financial details of candidate

Self Spouse
Movable Rs 23, 25, 707 Rs 36, 02,694
Immovable Rs 38,00,000 Rs 5,80,000
Liabilities Nil Nil

Further details and information can be viewed in her affidavit here.

  • Nandini Mukherjee (CPM)

Nandini Mukherjee, CPM candidate from Kolkata Dakshin is a computer science and engineering professor at Jadavpur University. She has a PhD from the University of Manchester in computing. She contested from the South Kolkata Lok Sabha Constituency as the Left Front Nominated CPM candidate in the 2014 Parliamentary Elections. 

Personal details

  • Age: 53
  • Education: PhD (Computing)
  • Occupation: Professor
  • Phone: 9903039536
  • E-mail: nandinimukherjee@yahoo.co.uk
  • Twitter: @nandinmukherjee
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dr.nandini.mukherjee/

Pending criminal cases: None

Financial details of candidate

Self Spouse
Movable Rs 21, 31, 135 Rs 15,99,860
Immovable Rs 53,00,000 Rs 35,00,000
Liabilities Rs 33,08,946 Rs 5,53,459

Further details and information can be viewed in her affidavit here.

  • Chandra Kumar Bose (BJP)

Chandra Kumar Bose, the grand nephew of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is contesting as a BJP candidate from Kolkata Dakshin. According to reports, Bose wanted to join politics since he believes that the Congress ruined the political legacy of Netaji. Narendra Modi had assured that the BJP would carry forward Netaji’s legacy in Bengal. 

Personal details

  • Age: 58
  • Education: Post Graduate Diploma (Business Management)
  • Occupation: HR Consultant
  • Phone: 9830165340
  • E-mail: ckb.bose@gmail.com
  • Twitter: @Chandrabosebjp
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/chandra.k.bose

Pending criminal cases: One

  • 1 charge related to Being member of an unlawful assembly (IPC Section-143)
  • 1 charge related to Danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation (IPC Section-283)
  • 1 charge related to Obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions (IPC Section-186)

Financial details of candidate

Self Spouse
Movable Rs 52,16,055 Rs 56,75,277
Immovable NIL Rs 27,00,000
Liabilities NIL Rs 8,31,824

Further details and information can be viewed in his affidavit here.

List of other Candidates

[Click on the names to view their affidavits]

Candidate Name

 Education, age, profession Party
Mita Chakraborty B.Tech (Computer Science), 44, Business Indian National Congress
Sarfaraz Khan


8th , 43, Business Bahujan Samaj Party
Debabrata Bera


PhD, 43, Professor Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist)
Sridhar Chandra Bagari


B L and Doctor of Medicine., 62, Advocate Shiv Sena
Badal Mondal Class 10 , 49, Service Independent

  Gautam Mitra


B.Com, 61, Retired Independent
Kashinath Das


Class 12, 64, Retired (from Central Govt Service) Independent
Niraj Agarwal


B.Sc, 37, Business Independent
Rita Dutta


Class 10, 53, Anganwari Worker Independent
Santanu Roy


Class 12, 36, Business Independent

Also read:

Contesting elections without pamphlets: Kolkata candidate explains why

Didi vs Modi spat has destroyed the political culture of Bengal: Nandini Mukherjee, CPM candidate, Kolkata South

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