Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: Jharkhand’s Lohardaga will see direct fight between BJP and Congress
The Lohardaga parliamentary constituency in Jharkhand is reserved for the members of Scheduled Tribes.
The Lohardaga Lok Sabha seat covers three districts of Lohardaga, Ranchi and Gumla. The constituency comprises of Lohardaga (ST), Gumla (ST), Bishunpur (ST), Sisai (ST) and Mandar (ST) assembly segments.
The Congress and the BJP, the key rivals parties, are banking heavily on Sarna religion code, amendments in land laws like Chhotanagpur Tenancy Act (CNT) and the issue of national security to woo voters in this tribal-dominated seat.
The key issues like rail link to Gumla, completion of the bypass road, rampant pollution from bauxite transportation, absence of industries, unemployment, large scale migration, inadequate health and education infrastructure as well as pervading Left-wing extremism have not been addressed by these parties in a region that mostly dominated by Scheduled Tribes.
The BJP’s leader and Union minister Sudarshan Bhagat won in the Lok Sabha elections in 2009 and 2014 and Congress’ Rameshwar Oraon was successful in 2004 polls.
Polling in Jharkhand will be held in four phases from April 29 to May 19. Votes will be counted on May 23.
Here are a few details about the Lohardaga Lok Sabha seat:
Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Lohardaga
Polling date: April 29
2019 candidates: Sudarshan Bhagat (BJP), Sukhdeo Bhagat (Congress)
Sitting MP, party: Sudarshan Bhagat, BJP
Winning margin in 2014: 6,489
Runner up name, party: Rameshwar Oraon (Congress)
Number of voters in 2014: 651,460
Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 58.21%
Number of women voters in 2014: 540,261
Number of polling booths in 2014: 1,482