Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: Congress bastion of Haryana’s Karnal is under BJP
The Lok Sabha election in the crucial parliamentary constituency of Karnal is being seen as a battle of prestige for Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who represents the assembly segment under it in the state assembly.
The outcome of the Lok Sabha election 2019 will reflect Manohar Lal Khattar’s popularity and set the tone for the assembly elections scheduled to be held later this year.
The Karnal Lok Sabha seat, dominated by the Punjabi community, has nine assembly segments of Karnal, Indri, Panipat rural, Panipat city, Gharaunda, Nilokheri, Assandh, Israna and Samalkha. Except for Samalkha, all the other assembly segments are represented by first-time BJP MLAs.
All the ten parliamentary constituencies in Haryana will vote in the sixth round of the seven-phased Lok Sabha election on May 12. The votes will be counted on May 23.
Here are a few details about the Karnal Lok Sabha seat:
Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Karnal
Polling date: May 12
2019 candidates: Sanjay Bhatia (BJP), Kuldeep Sharma (Congress), Krishan Agarwal (APP), Dharmveer Padha (INLD)
Sitting MP, party: Ashwini Kumar Chopra, BJP
Winning margin in 2014: 360,147
Runner up name, party: Arvind Kumar Sharma, Congress
Number of voters in 2014: 1,193,500
Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 70.86%
Number of women voters in 2014: 771,000
Number of polling booths in 2014: 1,559