24 May 2019
Bhubaneswar: Here is the final democratic mandate given by the citizens of tribal-dominated Kandhamal parliamentary constituency on April 18 (second phase polling of the General Elections-2019).
BJD MP candidate Achyuta Samanta: Won by 149216 votes. Total votes bagged- 461679
Congress MP candidate Manoj Kumar Acharya: Lost. Total votes- 138993
BJP MP candidate Kharabela Swain: Lost. Total votes- 312463
While Rajya Sabha member and KIIT & KISS founder Achyuta Samanta had been fielded by Biju Janata Dal (BJD) as its candidate, his contenders were Manoj Kumar Acharya of Congress and Kharabela Swain of BJP (former Balasore MP).