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Lok Sabha elections 2019: A crucial test for Mehbooba in Anantnag constituency

The south Kashmir constituency is voting in three rounds– first was on April 23, second April 29 and last on May 6. The staggered voting is necessitated by security concerns in the state that sends six MPs to the Lok Sabha.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 29, 2019 01:53 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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PDP President and Anantnag parliamentary seat candidate Mehbooba Mufti shows her marked finger after casting vote. Anantnag is voting in three rounds -- April 23, April 29 and May 6.(ANI file photo)

A lot is stake for former J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is among the 18 candidates whose fate will be decided on Monday in phase four of polling in Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency.

The south Kashmir constituency is voting in three rounds– first was on April 23, second April 29 and last on May 6. The staggered voting in this parliamentary constituency spread across four districts – Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian – is necessitated by security concerns in the state that sends six MPs to the Lok Sabha.

The six assembly segments that went to poll in phase one on Tuesday recorded a low turnout of 12.86 per cent against 39.37 per cent in 2014 in the corresponding segments.

Read: Full coverage of Lok Sabha elections 2019

These elections are crucial for the political future of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Mehbooba Mufti. She is up against the unease among voters and low morale within the party over PDP’s decision to form an alliance with the BJP.

In 2014, Mehbooba had won the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat by defeating NC candidate Mehboob Beg by more than 65,000 votes. When Mehbooba became J&K chief minister in 2016 after her father’s demise, she got elected from her father’s assembly seat and vacated her Lok Sabha seat with an intention to field her younger brother Tasaduq Mufti from there.

Read: All you need to know about Jammu and Kashmir

But, the poll panel had to defer by-polls for south Kashmir due to security reasons and for three years the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat remained vacant.

Since the formation of the party in 1999, four districts of south Kashmir have become the PDP’s bastion, but now the party is fighting for survival and hoping that Mehbooba will win, which would boost the otherwise demoralised cadres of the PDP.

Thin attendance at the party rallies and a recent attack on Mehbooba’s cavalcade has rung alarm bells for the party strategists. “If Mehbooba loses from south Kashmir, it is going to be a big dent on our party. Our main focus is to mobilise our cadres on the voting day,” said a senior party leader close to Mehbooba.

Anantnag will witness a triangular contest between Mehbooba Mufti, NC candidate Justice Hasnain Masoodi (retd) and Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress president Ghulam Ahmad Mir.

Mir is an experienced politician and former minister, while the NC has picked a retired justice as its candidate and is hoping that resentment against the PDP could help the party. The BJP has also fielded its only Muslim legislator from Kashmir, Sofi Yousuf, from the constituency.

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 15:05 IST