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Lok Sabha elections 2019: A battle for prestige on BJP’s home turf amid farm crisis

The BJP has tried to revive itself in the region through welfare schemes and by poaching Congress legislators. Modi has also held three out of his six rallies in Gujarat in Saurashtra. Congress president, Rahul Gandhi, addressed two of his five rallies in the region.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 23, 2019 07:17 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad
BJP,Narendra Modi,Prime Minister
As many as 43 million voters are eligible to vote while 371 candidates are in the fray. Surendranagar has a maximum of 31 candidates and Panchamhal the lowest, 6.(HT Photo)

All 26 seats in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat will go to the polls in the third phase of ongoing general elections on Tuesday. The contest is primarily between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress.

The BJP won all 26 seats in 2014. The Congress recorded its best ever performance in the state since 1995 when it won 79 out of 182 seats in the assembly elections in Gujarat in 2017. The BJP bagged 99 seats and formed the government.

Saurashtra in south-western Gujarat will be keenly watched. The Congress swept the region, a BJP bastion, in 2017 on the back of disenchantment among farmers and business communities with the ruling BJP. The Congress won 32 out of the region’s 56 seats. The region sends seven lawmakers to Parliament.

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The BJP has tried to revive itself in the region through welfare schemes and by poaching Congress legislators. Modi has also held three out of his six rallies in Gujarat in Saurashtra. Congress president, Rahul Gandhi, addressed two of his five rallies in the region.

The Congress is also hoping to put up a better show in north Gujarat, which has six Lok Sabha seats. Other Backward Classes and Dalits, which have been the Congress’s traditional supporters, dominate the region. The BJP is banking on its strong presence in urban and semi-urban regions of Gujarat, where about 57% of the state’s total population lives.

Modi and BJP chief, Amit Shah, have extensively campaigned in Gujarat, focusing on nationalism and the Indian air strike in Pakistan on February 26 in retaliation to the February 14 bomb attack in Kashmir. The Congress campaign has centred on alleged corruption in the Rafale jet deal.

Shah is among those in the fray in Gujarat. He is up against the Congress’s three-term legislator, C J Chavda, in Gandhinagar. In Amreli, Congress’s Paresh Dhanani is pitted against BJP’s Naran Kachadiya. Former Congress state chief, Bharatsinh Solanki, is the party’s candidate in Anand, against BJP’s Mitesh Patel.

As many as 43 million voters are eligible to vote while 371 candidates are in the fray. Surendranagar has a maximum of 31 candidates and Panchamhal the lowest, 6.

Ahmedabad-based political analyst, Hari Desai, said Gujarat is a prestige issue for the BJP as it seeks to retain all 26 seats. Desai added the Congress is keen to build on its performance in 2017 assembly elections. “And for that reason, Saurashtra has been focus of both the Congress and the BJP. If Congress snatches a few seats from the BJP, it will be a huge moral victory for them.”

In Daman and Diu, sitting MP Lalubhai Patel of the BJP will face Ketan Patel of the Congress. The Union Territory is a set of two geographically independent areas in western India separated by Arabian Sea.

In Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the BJP has nominated its sitting MP Natubhai Gomanbhai Patel against Congress leader and six-term MP Mohanbhai Sanjibhai Delkar. The Union Territory is landlocked between Gujarat and Maharashra.

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
MahesanaJayshreeben 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
DahodJaswantsinh 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
BijapurRamesh 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
KottayamJose K. Mani, Kerala Congress (M)
AlappuzhaKC 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
BhubaneswarPrasanna Kumar Patasani, BJD
Uttar Pradesh
MoradabadKunwar Sarvesh Kumar, BJP
RampurNepal Singh, BJP
SambhalSatyapal Singh, BJP
FirozabadAkshay Yadav, SP
MainpuriTej Pratap Singh Yadav, SP
EtahRajveer Singh, BJP
BadaunDharmendra Yadav, SP
AonlaDharmendra Kumar, BJP
BareillySantosh 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
MurshidabadBadaruddoza Khan, CPI(M)
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Dadra and Nagar HaveliNatubhai Gomanbhai Patel, BJP
Daman and Diu
Daman and DiuLalubhai Patel, BJP
Tripura
East TripuraJitendra Choudhury, CPI(M)

First Published: Apr 23, 2019 07:02 IST

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