Lok Sabha elections 2019: BJP fields a swami against Cong’s Shinde from Solapur constituency in Maharashtra
The Bharatiya Janata Party holds the Solapur Lok Sabha constituency. In 2014, party candidate Sharad Bansode had defeated Congress’s Sushilkumar Shinde.
This time, the bJP has fielded religious leader Jai Siddeshwar Swami to take on the former Union home minister.
Heading Gaudgaon Math in Akkalkot taluka, the swami belongs to the Jangam community. With his nomination, the BJP is hopeful of influencing the Lingayat community which has a strong presence in the Solapur constituency.
Maharashtra’s 48 constituencies will vote to elect members to the Lok Sabha in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29.
Here’s all you need to know about Solapur Lok Sabha constituency:
State : Maharashtra
Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Solapur
Voting date: April 18
2019 candidates: Jaysidhesvar Swami (BJP), Sushil Kumar Shinde (Congress)
Sitting MP, Party: Sharad Bansode, BJP
Winning margin: 149,674
Runner up name, party: Shinde Sushilkumar Sambhajirao, Congress
Number of polling booths in 2014: 1,751
Number of voters in 2014: 951,510
Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 56%
Number of women voters: 423,855