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Lok Sabha election 2019: BJP’s Bihar president, Union and state ministers to fight it out in fourth phase

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies, the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) of Ram Vilas Paswan and Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), won 31 out of 40 Lok Sabha seats in the last election in 2014.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Apr 29, 2019 10:26 IST
Vijay Swaroop
Vijay Swaroop
Hindustan Times, Patna
Union minister and BJP candidate Giriraj Singh during a road show after filing his nomination papers for Lok Sabha polls, in Begusarai.
Union minister and BJP candidate Giriraj Singh during a road show after filing his nomination papers for Lok Sabha polls, in Begusarai.(PTI file photo)
         

Bihar will see several stalwarts, including Union minister Giriraj Singh, the state’s water resource department minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh, the BJP’s state unit president Nityanand Rai, contesting in the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha election on April 29.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies, the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) of Ram Vilas Paswan and Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), won 31 out of 40 Lok Sabha seats in the last election in 2014.

Read: Full coverage of Lok Sabha elelctions 2019

The BJP contested 30 seats and won 22, LJP won six of the seven seats it contested and the RLSP, which is now a part of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), bagged all the three seats that it fought. This time the BJP is contesting on 17 seats to accommodate the JD(U), which also got 17.

In the opposition ‘Mahagathbandhan’ or Grand Alliance, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is contesting from 20 Lok Sabha seats and the Congress on nine while RLSP will put up candidates in five seats, Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) and Vikasshil Insan Party (VIP) in three each. The RJD has given one seat out of its quota to the Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist (CPI-ML).

Read: All you need to know about Bihar

Sixty-six candidates are in the field in five constituencies going to polls on Monday.

Out of the five seats, the BJP is contesting on three seats of Darbhanga, Ujiarpur and Begusarai, Janata Dal(United) from Munger, and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) from Samastipur. In the Grand Alliance, Congress is fighting from Samastipur and Munger seats, RJD on two seats of Begusarai and Darbhanga and RLSP from Ujiarpur.

This election is also important as it will also decide the fate of former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar from Begusarai, who is on contesting on a Communist Party of India (CPI) ticket.

It is a prestige battle between the BJP’s Nityanand Rai and RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha, whose party was a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) from until this year, in Ujiarpur. Upendra Kushwaha was also a minister in the Union cabinet. He is also contesting from Karakat, from where he is the sitting MP.

In Darbhanga, Abdul Bari Siddiqui of the RJD and BJP’s Gopalji Thakur are pitted against each other as they face the issues of caste and nationalism from the Lok Sabha seat. The GA was most affected by the ticket distribution as there were at least two claimants from the RJD for the seat. The RJD preferred Siddiqui over MAA Fatmi, who represented this seat four times. Fatmi ultimately resigned from the party.

Also read: Divided over development claims, it’s BJP-JD(U) vs RJD in Darbhanga Lok Sabha seat

Union minister and BJP leader Giriraj Singh is fighting against Kanahiya Kumar, who is contesting on a CPI ticket, and the RJD’s Tanveer Hassan in Begusarai. After an initial reluctance, Giriraj Singh agreed to contest from the seat shifting from Nawada, where he is the sitting MP.

In the Munger Lok Sabha seat, the main contestants are Rajiv Ranjan alias Lallan Singh of the JD(U) and Congress leader Neelam Devi. Neelam Devi is the wife of don-turned-politician Anant Singh, an Independent MLA.

The votes will be counted on May 23.

 

ConstituencySitting MP
Madhya Pradesh
Balaghat Bodhsingh Bhagat, BJP
Chhindwara Kamal Nath, Congress
Jabalpur Rakesh Singh, BJP
Mandla Faggan Singh Kulaste, BJP
Shahdol Gyan Singh, BJP
Sidhi Riti Pathak, BJP
Rajasthan
Ajmer  Raghu Sharma, Congress
Banswara Manshankar Nimana, BJP
Barmer Sona Ram Choudhary, BJP
Bhilwara Subhash Baheria, BJP
Chhittorgarh Chandra Prakash Joshi, BJP
Jalore Devji Patel, BJP
Jhalawar-Baran Dushyant Singh, BJP
Jodhpur Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, BJP
Kota Om Birla, BJP
Pali P P Choudhary, BJP
Rajsamand Hariom Singh Rathore, BJP
Tonk-Sawai Madhopur Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria, BJP
Udaipur Arjunlal Meena, BJP
Jammu and Kashmir
Anantnag Vacant
Maharashtra
Bhiwandi Kapil Moreshwar Patil, BJP
Dhule Dr. Bhamre Subhash Ramrao, BJP
Dindori Chavan Harishchandra Devram, BJP
Kalyan Dr.Shrikant Eknath Shinde, Shiv Sena
Mumbai North Gopal Chinayya Shetty, BJP
Mumbai North West Gajanan Chandrakant Kirtikar, Shiv Sena
Mumbai North East Kirit Somaiya, BJP
Mumbai North Central Poonam Mahajan, BJP
Mumbai South Central Rahul Ramesh Shewale, Shiv Sena
Mumbai South Arvind Ganpat Sawant, Shiv Sena
Maval Shrirang Chandu Barne, Shiv Sena
Nandurbar Dr Heena Gavit, BJP
Nashik Godse Hemant Tukaram, Shiv Sena
Palghar Rajendra Gavit, BJP
Shirdi Lokhande Sadashiv Kisan, Shiv Sena
Shirur Adhalrao Shivaji Dattatrey, Shiv Sena
Thane Vichare Rajan Baburao, Shiv Sena
ConstituencySitting MP
Uttar Pradesh
Akbarpur  Devendra Singh Bhole, BJP
Etawah  Ashok Kumar Doharey, BJP
Farrukhabad Mukesh Rajput, BJP
Hamirpur Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel, BJP
Hardoi Anshul Verma, BJP
Jalaun Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma, BJP
Jhansi Uma Bharti, BJP
Kannauj Dimple Yadav, SP
Kanpur Murli Manohar Joshi, BJP
Kheri Ajay Kumar, BJP
Misrikh Anju Bala, BJP
Shahjahanpur Krishna Raj, BJP
Unnao Sakshi Maharaj, BJP
Jharkhand
Chatra Sunil Kumar Singh, BJP
Palamu Vishnu Dayal Ram, BJP
LohardagaSudarshan Bhagat, BJP
Odisha
Balasore Rabindra Kumar Jena, BJD
Bhadrak Arjun Charan Sethi, BJD
Jagatsinghpur Kulamani Samal, BJD
Jajpur Rita Tarai, BJD
Kendrapara Baijayant Panda, BJD (now in BJP)
Mayurbhang Rama Chandra Hansdah, BJD
West Bengal
Asansol Babul Supriyo, BJP
Baharampur Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress
Bardhman Purba Sunil Kumar Mondal, Trinamool Congress
Bolpur Anupam Hazra, Trinamool Congress
Birbhum  Shatabdi Roy, Trinamool Congress
Burdwan-Durgapur Mamtaz Sanghamita, Trinamool Congress
Krishnanagar Tapas Paul, Trinamool
Ranaghat Tapas Mandal, Trinamool
Bihar
Begusarai Dr. Bhola Singh, BJP
Darbhanga Kirti Azad, BJP
Munger Veena Devi, LJP
Samastipur  Ram Chandra Paswan, LJP
Ujiarpur Nityanand Rai, BJP

First Published: Apr 28, 2019 14:14 IST

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