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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Congress’s Kirti Azad in tough fight with BJP’s Singh

Congress’s Kirti Azad is up against a strong BJP candidate Pashupati Nath Singh, who in 2014 polled 5,43,941 votes, which was more than all the opposition candidates combined.

constituency watch Updated: May 06, 2019 12:22 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Dhanbad Lok Sabha 2019 Constituency Details,Dhanbad Profile,Jharkhand
Congress candidate Kirti Azad during a public meeting in Dhanbad .(HT file photo)

The contest in Dhanbad Lok Sabha constituency took an interesting turn with the Congress fielding BJP rebel Kirti Azad from this seat, one of Jharkhand’s 14 seats.

He is up against a strong BJP candidate Pashupati Nath Singh, who in 2014 polled 5,43,941 votes, which was more than all the opposition candidates combined, including All Jharkhand Students Union party, which is in alliance with BJP this time. Singh defeated his closest rival of the Congress with close to three lakh votes.

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Azad who represents Bihar’s Darbhanga In Lok Sabha recently quit the BJP to join Congress and is contesting first time from Jharkhand. He was earlier an MLA from Delhi’s Gole Market seat.

The seat, which covers six assembly segments – Bokaro, Sindri, Nirsa, Dhanbad, Jharia and Chandankiyari -- has been with the BJP since 1991, barring a term in 2004 when Congress’s Chandra Shekhar Dubey won from here.

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Apart from Singh and Azad others in the fray are Madhvi Singh of All India Trinamool Congress, Meghnath Rawani of Bahujan Samaj Party and Meraj Khan of Samajwadi Party .

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 Dhanbad Lok Sabha seat:

State: Jharkhand

Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Dhanbad

Polling date: May 12

2019 candidates: Pashupati Nath Singh (BJP), Kirti Azad (Congress)

Sitting MP, party: Pashupati Nath Singh (BJP)

Winning margin in 2014: 292, 954

Runner up name, party: Ajay Kumar Dubey, Congress

Number of voters in 2014: 1,143,945

Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 60.52

Number of women voters in 2014: 501,258

Number of polling booths in 2014: 2,240

First Published: May 06, 2019 12:22 IST