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.Updated: Apr 29, 2019 10:26 IST
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.
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).
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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Chatra||Sunil Kumar Singh, BJP|
|Palamu||Vishnu Dayal Ram, BJP|
|Lohardaga||Sudarshan Bhagat, BJP|
|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|
|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|
|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