Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: A rare BJP, Congress fight in Tamil Nadu’s Sivaganga
Sivaganga is a high-profile Lok Sabha constituency in Tamil Nadu. Former union minister ans senior Congress leader P Chidambaram has represented this Congress bastion many times, seven to be exact. Chidambaram last won from here in 2009. In 2014, Chidambaram’s son Karti was the Congress candidate and he finished in fourth place.
Karti is the Congress candidate for Sivaganga again for 2019. The Congress is fighting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in alliance with the DMK. H Raja of the BJP is the candidate of the AIADMK-led alliance. Raja, a BJP national secretary, contested the 2014 parliamentary polls too. He secured third position then, just ahead of Kati Chidambaram.
PR Senthilnathan won from Sivaganga in 2014 by a margin of over 2 lakh votes from his nearest rival Dhuraj Raaj Subha of the DMK.
Tamil Nadu will vote in a single phase on April 18. The results will be declared on May 23.
Here are a few details about the Sivaganga Lok Sabha seat:
State: Tamil Nadu
Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Sivaganga
2019 candidates: Karti Chidambaram of Congress, H Raja of BJP
Polling date: April 18
Sitting MP, party: PR Senthilnathan, AIADMK
Winning margin in 2014: 229385
Runner up name, party: Dhuraj Raaj Subha, DMK
Number of voters in 2014: 1027036
Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 72.7%
Number of women voters in 2014: 552032
Number of polling booths in 2014: 1,685