In 2009, BJD won 77 seats in the rural constituencies whereas 15 seats went to INC. 5 seats were won by IND, 3 by NCP while CPI and BJP settled with 1 and 2 seats respectively. In 2014, BJD increased its number of seats to 83, INC secured 10 seats, BJP managed to increase its tally to 8 and 2 seats went to IND. In 2019 elections saw BJD further increase its seats to 88 whereas BJP and INC managed to win 9 and 6 seats respectively.
BJD has managed to hold its dominance in rural areas in the last 3 assembly elections and BJP will need to put all its resources and efforts in place to be ready for the hard battle ahead in the next elections.
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