Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: Triangular contest in Jharkhand’s Chatra seat
The Chatra parliamentary constituency is one of the 14 Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand.
The Chatra Lok Sabha seat, spread over five assembly segments across Latehar, Chatra, and Palamu districts, has a predominance of Scheduled Caste electorate. Chatra, Simaria, and Latehar assembly constituencies are reserved for SC candidates while Manika is for members of Scheduled Tribes. Only one assembly seat of Panki in Palamu district is unreserved.
This year, Chatra will witness a triangular contest between the BJP, Congress, and RJD.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, which has sealed an alliance with the All Jharkhand Student’s Union (AJSU), will contest 13 seats and the regional party will put up its candidate in one constituency.
And under the Grand Alliance or Mahagathbandhan, the Congress got seven seats, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) four, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) two and Rashtriya Janata Dal one.
In 2004, Bihar resident Dhirendra Agarwal won on an RJD ticket; the first speaker of Jharkhand assembly Inder Singh Namdhari won in 2009 when he contested as an Independent and Sunil Kumar Singh from the BJP sailed to victory riding on a Modi wave in 2014.
People of Chatra have faced major issues like the lack of a rail link, highway deaths, power woes, and unemployment leading to opium cultivation for decades. They say their complaints and issues have not been addressed so far.
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 Chatra Lok Sabha seat:
Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Chatra
Polling date: April 29
2019 candidates: Subhash Yadav (RJD), Manoj Kumar Yadav (Congress), Arjun Kumar (CPI)
Sitting MP, party: Sunil Kumar Singh, BJP
Winning margin in 2014: 178,206
Runner up name, party: Dhiraj Prasad Sahu, Congress
Number of voters in 2014: 712,971
Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 54.32%
Number of women voters in 2014: 616,031
Number of polling booths in 2014: 1,499