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Lok Sabha elections 2019: BJP holds all 4 Jharkhand seats going to polls in phase 5

This phase is crucial for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as it aims to retain all the four seats it won in the last Lok Sabha election in 2014. A number of high-profile candidates contesting the election also makes this round interesting.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: May 05, 2019, 18:52 IST
EVMS and VVPATs being distributed at a poll centre ahead of Lok Sabha elections 2019.
EVMS and VVPATs being distributed at a poll centre ahead of Lok Sabha elections 2019.(HT file photo)

Around 6.5 million voters in four parliamentary constituencies in Jharkhand will elect their representatives from among 64 candidates contesting in the fifth phase of polling in the Lok Sabha election on May 6.

Voting was conducted in the state in three seats of Palamu, Chatra and Lohardaga, which witnessed a sizeable jump in voter turnout despite the blistering heat in the region, in the fourth phase across the country and the first in the state. The state sends 14 members to the Lok Sabha.

Khunti, which will vote along with the Ranchi, Koderma, Hazaribagh constituencies on May 6, is the only one reserved for members of Scheduled Tribes.

Read: Full coverage of Lok Sabha elelctions 2019

This phase is crucial for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as it aims to retain all the four seats it won in the last Lok Sabha election in 2014. A number of high-profile candidates contesting the election also makes this round interesting.

LK Kundan, who teaches political science at Ranchi University, said the stakes are high for the BJP in this phase.

“The fifth phase is crucial for the BJP. The party is contesting with three new faces on its sitting seats including Ranchi, Khunti and Kodarma. New faces are at times risk-prone,” said Kundan.

“For the opposition grand alliance, excluding the left parties was a big mistake,” he also said.

Read: All you need to know about Jharkhand

Two former chief ministers, the BJP’s Arjun Munda from Khunti and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) leader Babulal Marandi, are in the fray in Kodarma. Union minister of state Jayant Sinha of the BJP and former Union minister Subodh Kant Sahai of Congress are also contesting from Hazaribagh and Ranchi respectively.

Khunti hasbeen a citadel of the BJP and represented by former deputy speaker of the Lok Sabha Karia Munda eight times. The party has rested the veteran and fielded ex-CM Arjun Munda from the seat, south of state capital Ranchi, this time. It is dominated by tribals and Christian voters, and their voting pattern could determine the fate of Arjun Munda.

In Kodarma, JVM(P) chief and first chief minister of Jharkhand Babulal Marandi is locked in a triangular fight with the BJP and CPI-ML. Marandi is the only tribal leader to have represented a general seat, Koderma, from the state in the Lok Sabha. Marandi won the seat in 2004, 2006 by-election and 2009.

He is fancying his chances again as he is the joint candidate of opposition grand alliance.

The BJP sprung a surprise by fielding former RJD state president and four-time legislator from Kodarma Annapurna Devi by inducting her in the party days before announcing the candidate.

Rajdhanwar legislator of CPI-ML Rajkumar Yadav has made the contest triangular on Kodarma seat. He emerged as the runner up from the seat in 2014.

Read: These elections will shape the future of 3 former CMs of Jharkhand

Union minister of state Jayant Sinha is looking for a second term from Hazaribag, represented in the past by his father Yashwant Sinha, and is locked in a direct contest against Congress’ Gopal Sahu.

Another direct flight is ensuing in Ranchi between former Congress Union minister Subodh Kant Sahai and the BJP’s Sanjay Seth, who is making his electoral debut.

The BJP, however, is facing a rebellion on the seat from outgoing MP Ramtahal Chaudhary, who was dumped due to age factor. Chaudhary, who has represented the seat five times, has a strong influence over the dominant Kurmis in the constituency.

The rest of the seven seats will vote in the sixth and the seventh phases of the Lok Sabha election. The votes will be counted on May 23.

 
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ConstituencySitting MP
Bihar
SitamarhiRam Kumar Sharma, RLSP
MadhubaniChaudhary Hukumdev Narayan Yadav, BJP
MuzaffarpurAjay Nishad, BJP
SaranRajiv Pratap Rudy, BJP
HajipurRamvilas Paswan, LJP
Jammu and Kashmir
LadakhThupstan Chhewang, BJP
AnantnagSeat is vacant (PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti quit after becoming CM of the state)
Madhya Pradesh
TikamgarhVirendra Kumar Khatik, BJP
DamohPrahalad Singh Patel, BJP
KhajurahoNagendra Singh, BJP
SatnaGanesh Singh
RewaJanardan Mishra, BJP
HoshangabadUday Pratap Singh
Betul Jyoti Dhurve, BJP
Rajasthan
GanganagarNihalchand Meghwal, BJP
BikanerArun Ram Meghwal, BJP
ChuruRahul Kaswan, BJP
Jhunjhunu Santosh Ahlawat, BJP
SikarSumedhanand Saraswati, BJP
Jaipur RuralRajyavardhan Singh Rathore, BJP
JaipurRamcharan Bohara, BJP
AlwarChand Nath, BJP
BharatpurBahadur Singh, BJP
Karauli-DholpurManoj Rajoria, BJP
DausaHarish Chandra Meena, BJP
Nagaur C R Choudhary, BJP
ConstituencySitting MP
Jharkhand
KodarmaRavindra Kumar Ray, BJP
RanchiRam Tahal Choudhary, BJP
KhuntiKariya Munda, BJP
HazaribaghJayant Sinha, BJP
Uttar Pradesh
DharuheraRekha Verma, BJP
SitapurRajesh Verma, BJP
MohanlalganjKaushal Kishore, BJP
LucknowRajnath Singh, BJP
Rae BareliSonia Gandhi, Congress
AmethiRahul Gandhi, Congress
BandaBhairon Prasad Mishra, BJP
FatehpurNiranjan Jyoti, BJP
KaushambiVinod Sonkar, BJP
BarabankiPriyanka Singh Rawat, BJP
Faizabad Lallu Singh, BJP
BahraichSavitri Bai Phule, BJP
KaiserganjBrij Bhushan Sharan Singh, BJP
GondaKirti Vardhan Singh, BJP
West Bengal
BangaonMamata Thakur, Trinamool Congress
BarrackpurDinesh Trivedi, Trinamool Congress
HowrahPrasun Banerjee, Trinamool Congress
UluberiaSajda Ahmed, Trinamool Congress
SreerampurKalyan Banerjee, Trinamool Congress
Hooghly Dr Ratna De, Trinamool Congress
ArambagAparupa Poddar, Trinamool Congress

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