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Lok Sabha election 2019: Confident of winning again, says two-time Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor

Thiruvananthapuram is witnessing an interesting and closely-watched contest as Shashi Tharoor is up against former state BJP chief and former governor of Mizoram Kummanam Rajasekharan.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Apr 23, 2019 18:17 IST
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Lok Sabha election 2019: Confident of winning again, says two-time Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor
Lok Sabha election 2019: Confident of winning again, says two-time Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor(HT Photo)
         

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said on Tuesday he is confident of retaining the Thiruvananthapuram parliamentary constituency, which has held for two terms, as he cast his vote in the third phase of polling in the Lok Sabha election across Kerala and India.

Thiruvananthapuram is witnessing an interesting and closely-watched contest as Shashi Tharoor is up against former state BJP chief and former governor of Mizoram Kummanam Rajasekharan.

The veteran BJP leader resigned from his post as Mizoram governor at the behest of the party within ten months of being appointed to the prestigious position to contest the Lok Sabha election.

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“I am very confident that I will be serving the people of Thiruvananthapuram for another five years as their MP. I believe they want me to continue raising their voice, their concerns, their hopes on the national and very necessarily international stage as I have done for ten years,” Tharoor said while speaking to reporters after casting his vote.

“And I know that the values and principles of the people of Kerala are values that are the core with me and my party. Values of pluralism, of diversity, of secularism and of inclusiveness and of social justice. We are standing for very, very clear ideas of what India is all about and what our country should be like,” he said.

Shashi Tharoor, a former diplomat, has won from the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat since 2009.

The Congress leader also questioned the Bharatiya Janata Party’s stance on the Sabarimala temple controversy, saying it violated the model code of conduct by seeking votes over the issue.

“It has been an undercurrent for the last six weeks. The BJP has been asking for votes in the name of Lord Ayyappa with scant regard for the code of conduct. But I must say that it is a rather mysterious thing that they think they can away with it,” he said

“Because everyone knows that when you ask for votes to come to power the first thing they will do is ask that when you were in power what did you do. What did you do for the believers of Sabarimala? Did you help assuage their pain and their distress at the court verdict?” Tharoor asked.

He also urged people to vote amid the prediction of rains in the area.

“Today, I am very happy to have voted with my mother, who has braved some physical discomforts to come and cast her ballot. And we are both proudly looking forward to a good day’s polling. There is rain expected later in the day so we encourage people to come and vote,” he said.

“I must say that democracy is one of our great, great achievements here in India. We should cherish it, we should defend it, we should be proud of it.”

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had not managed to win even one of the 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state, with the Congress-led United Democratic Front romping home with 12 seats, while the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front had managed to win the remaining eight seats.

 

ConstituencySitting MP
Assam
DhubriBadruddin Ajmal, AIUDF
KokrajharNaba Kumar Sarania, IND
BarpetaSirajuddin Ajmal, AIUDF
GauhatiBijoya Chakravarty, BJP
Bihar
JhanjharpurBirendra Kumar Choudhary, BJP
SupaulRanjeet Ranjan, Congress
ArariaSarfaraz Alam, RJD 
MadhepuraPappu Yadav, RJD
KhagariaMehboob Ali Kaiser, LJP
Chhattisgarh
SurgujaKamalbhan Singh Marabi, BJP
RaigarhVishnu Deo Sai, BJP
Janjgir-ChampaKamla Patle, BJP
KorbaBanshilal Mahto, BJP
BilaspurLakhan Lal Sahu, BJP
DurgTamradhwaj Sahu, Congress
RaipurRamesh Bais, BJP
Goa
North GoaShripad Yesso Naik, Bharatiya Janata Party
South GoaNarendra Keshav Sawaikar, BJP
Gujarat
KachchhVinod Lakhamashi Chavda, BJP
BanaskanthaHaribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary, BJP
PatanLiladharbhai Vaghela, BJP
Mahesana Jayshreeben Kanubha Patel, BJP
SabarkanthaDipsinh Shankarsinh Rathod, BJP
GandhinagarLK Advani, BJP
Ahmedabad EastParesh Rawal, BJP
Ahmedabad WestKirit Premjibhai Solanki, BJP
SurendranagarDevjibhai Govindbhai Fatepara, BJP
RajkotMohanbhai Kundariya, BJP
PorbandarVitthalbhai Hansrajbhai Radadiya, BJP
JamnagarPoonamben Hematbhai Maadam, BJP
JunagadhChudasama Rajeshbhai Naranbhai, BJP
AmreliNaranbhai Bhikhabhai Kachhadiya, BJP
BhavnagarDr Bharatiben Dhirubhai Shiyal, BJP
AnandDilip M Patel, BJP
KhedaDevusinh Chauhan, BJP
PanchmahalPrabhatsinh Pratapsinh Chauhan, BJP
Dahod Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor, BJP
VadodaraRanjanben Dhananjay Bhatt , BJP (won bypoll)
Chhota UdaipurRamsinh Rathwa, BJP
BharuchMansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava, BJP
BardoliPrabhubhai Nagarbhai Vasava, BJP
SuratDarshana Vikram Jardosh, BJP
NavsariCR Patil, BJP
ValsadKC Patel, BJP
Jammu and Kashmir
AnantnagVacant
Karnataka
ChikkodiPrakash Hukkeri, Congress
BelgaumAngadi Suresh Channabasappa, BJP
BagalkotGaddigoudar Parvatagouda Chandanagouda, BJP
Bijapur Ramesh Jigajinagi, BJP
GulbargaMallikarjun Kharge, Congressha
RaichurBV Nayak, Congress
BidarBhagwanth Kuba, BJP
KoppalKaradi Sanganna Amarappa, BJP
BellaryB. Sreeramulu, BJP
HaveriUdasi Shivakumar Channabasappai, BJP
DharwadPralhad Joshi, BJP
Uttara KannadaAnanthkumar Hegde, BJP
Davanagere
ShimogaBS Yeddyurappa, BJP
ConstituencySitting MP
Kerala
KasaragodP Karunakaran, CPI(M)
KannurPK Srieemathi, CPI(M)
VadakaraMullappally Ramachandran, INC
Wayanad 
KozhikodeVacant after sitting MP MI Shavas of Congress died in 2016
MalappuramE. Ahamed, IUML
PonnaniET Mohammed Basheer, IUML
PalakkadMB Rajesh, CPI(M)
AlathurP.K.Biju, CPI(M)
ThrissurC. N. Jayadevan, CPI
ChalakudyInnocent, Independent
ErnakulamKV Thomas, Congress
Idukkidv. Joice George, Independent
Kottayam Jose K. Mani, Kerala Congress (M)
Alappuzha KC Venugopal, Congress
MavelikkaraKodikunnil Suresh, Congress
PathanamthittaAnto Antony, Congress
KollamNK Premachandran, RSP
AttingalA Sampath, CPI(M)
ThiruvananthapuramShashi Tharoor, Congress
Maharashtra
JalgaonA.T. Nana Patil, BJP
RaverKhadase Raksha Nikhil, BJP
JalnaDanve Raosaheb Dadarao, BJP
AurangabadSushil Kumar Singh, BJP
RaigadAnant Geete, Shiv Sena
PuneAnil Shirole, BJP
BaramatiSupriya Sule, NCP
AhmednagarGandhi Dilipkumar Mansukhlal, BJP
Madhaohite Patil Vijaysinh Shankarrao, Nationalist Congress Party
SangliSanjaykaka Patil, BJP
SataraUdayanraje Pratapsinha Bhonsale, NCP
Ratnagiri-SindhudurgVinayak Bhaurao Raut, Shiv Sena
KolhapurDhananjay Bhimrao Mahadik, NCP
HatkanangleRaju Shetty, Swabhimani Paksha
Odisha
SambalpurNagendra Kumar Pradhan, BJD
KeonjharSakuntala Laguri, BJD
DhenkanalTathagata Satpathy, BJD
CuttackBhartuhari Mahatab, BJD
PuriPinaki Misra, BJD
Bhubaneswar Prasanna Kumar Patasani, BJD
Uttar Pradesh
MoradabadKunwar Sarvesh Kumar, BJP
RampurNepal Singh, BJP
SambhalSatyapal Singh, BJP
Firozabad Akshay Yadav, SP
MainpuriTej Pratap Singh Yadav, SP
EtahRajveer Singh, BJP
BadaunDharmendra Yadav, SP
AonlaDharmendra Kumar, BJP
Bareilly Santosh Kumar Gangwar, BJP
PilibhitManeka Gandhi, BJP
West Bengal
BalurghatArpita Ghosh, Trinamool Congress
Maldaha UttarMausam Noor, Congress
Maldaha DakshinAbu Hasem Khan Chowdhury, Congress
JangipurAbhijit Mukherjee, Congress
Murshidabad Badaruddoza Khan, CPI(M)
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Dadra and Nagar HaveliNatubhai Gomanbhai Patel, BJP
Daman and Diu
Daman and DiuLalubhai Patel, BJP
Tripura
East Tripura Jitendra Choudhury, CPI(M)

First Published: Apr 23, 2019 12:22 IST

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