Lok Sabha elections 2019: 8 Bihar seats at stake phase 6 polling. Will NDA repeat 2014 show?
A total of 127 candidates are in the fray in the fray with a maximum 22 candidates each from Vaishali and Purvi Champaran constituencies.Updated: May 11, 2019 14:19 IST
Stakes are high for the BJP as out of the eight Lok Sabha seats going to polls in the sixth phase on May 12 in Bihar, the party had won seven while its alliance partner, the LJP won one.
A total of 127 candidates are in the fray with a maximum 22 candidates each from Vaishali and Purvi Champaran constituencies. The other six constituencies are Valmikinagar, Paschim Champaran, Sheohar, Siwan, Maharajganj and Gopalganj.
The sixth phase of the elections will also test the popularity of the JD (U) which has managed to take three seats from the BJP in the seat-sharing exercise. Both the BJP and the JD (U) are contesting 17 seats each while the LJP is contesting six out of 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar.
The BJP had performed reasonably well in the assembly segments of these constituencies in 2015. Out of the 47 assembly seats in these eight Lok Sabha constituencies, BJP had won 17, while its alliance partners JD (U) and the LJP won 10 seats and one seat respectively. The RJD and Congress won 11 and 5 seats respectively.
During this phase of elections, much of the attention will be focused on Siwan from where Hina Shahab (RJD) and Kavita Kumari of JD (U), both wives of Siwan’s strongmen, have locked horns.
Hina, for whom this is the second straight attempt for Lok Sabha, is wife of former MP and strongman Mohammed Shahabuddin, who is currently in Tihar jail. The JD(U) candidate and sitting MLA from Daroundha, Kavita Singh is wife of strongman Ajay Singh.
Siwan known for its guns and goons culture has come out of the shadow of Shahbuddin who is trying to use his wife as a proxy to re-enter the politics of the constituency.
Another constituency which will be keenly watched is Purvi Champaran where Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh is locked in a fight against 27-year-old Akash Kumar Singh (RLSP), son of former union minister and Congress leader Akhilesh Kumar Singh. Radha Mohan Singh is seeking a third term from the constituency.
Another interesting facet of this phase of elections is the age difference of the candidates. The youngest candidate Akash Kumar Singh (27, RLSP) is pitted against 69-year-old Radha Mohan Singh, while Vaishali’s RJD candidate Raghuvansh Prasad Singh is the oldest candidate in this phase at 72 years. There are at least three candidates above 65 years of age, while five candidates are in the age bracket of 50 to 65. Kavita Singh (29) of JD (U) in Siwan is the second youngest candidate while Sashwat Kedar (32, Congress, Valmikinagar) is pitted against 62-year-old Baidhyanath Mahto of JD (U).
First Published: May 11, 2019 14:19 IST