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Lok Sabha elections 2019: PM Modi’s Varanasi among 13 east UP seats voting today; big test for SP-BSP

It will be a straight fight between the BJP and the gathbandhan on 10 seats, while in two — Kushinagar and Deoria — Congress’s candidates make it a triangular contest.

lok sabha elections Updated: May 19, 2019 10:41 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Lok Sabha elections 2019,PM Modi,Varanasi
Varanasi, the seat of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, went to polls along with 12 other parliamentary seats on May 19.(AFP file photo)

Varanasi, the seat of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, went to polls along with 12 other parliamentary seats on May 19, the last phase of the ongoing general elections. The state voted in all the seven phases of the month-long polls.

All 13 constituencies lie in the eastern region of the state. In 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party and allies had won all these seats, including Gorakhpur, the home turf of UP CM Yogi Adityanath. Varanasi looks largely predictable, but BJP cannot be sure of repeating its 2014 performance in the region.

The alliance between Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party stitched together by Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati poses a formidable challenge to it. It is a straight fight between the BJP and the gathbandhan on 10 seats, while in two — Kushinagar and Deoria — Congress’s candidates make it a triangular contest. Congress and its allies will not contest in Ballia. Priyanka Gandhi was made in-charge of east UP, marking her formal foray into politics.

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Other heavyweights in the fray include BJP state president Mahendra Nath Pandey, Union minister Manoj Sinha, Union minister Anupriya Patel (of ally Apna Dal), and Congress’s RPN Singh. Gorakhpur, where BJP has fielded Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan, will be a prestige battle for Adityanath. The seat had been his stronghold, but in the 2018 bypoll, the gathbandhan’s Praveen Nishad had won it. This time around, SP has fielded Ram Bhual Nishad with an eye on the about 200,000 Nishad votes along with the Other Backward Caste, Dalit, and Muslim votes.

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In Kushinagar, Congress’s 2009 winner RPN Singh will want to win back the seat from BJP, but faces a tough challenge from the gathbandhan candidate Nathuni Prasad Kushwaha of SP.

In Deoria, the BJP did not field sitting MP Kalraj Mishra, but Ramapati Ram Tripathi. Niyaz Ahmed is the Congress candidate here. BSP has fielded Binod Kumar Jaiswal. In Ghazipur, sitting BJP MP and Union minister Manoj Sinha will fight gathbandhan candidate Afzal Ansari (BSP), one half of the influential Ansari brothers, known as local strongmen.

Varanasi was also in the news because of the Election Commission’s rejection of SP’s candidate Tej Bahadur Yadav, a former Border Security Force soldier. Now, SP’s Shalini Yadav is in the fray along with Congress’s Ajay Rai and criminal-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed.

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Benaras Hindu University (BHU) political science department’s Prof Kaushal Kishore Mishra said, “The seventh phase and the phase that preceded are very crucial. The two phases together covered the whole of eastern UP. The trend of the sixth phase will follow in the seventh phase. (...) the Party, which does well in the region, will emerge the victorious in UP and a play key role in politics at the Centre.”

BIHAR
ArrahRajkumar Singh, BJP
BuxarAshwini Kumar Choubey, BJP
SasaramChhedi Paswan, BJP
KarakatUpendra Kushwaha, RLSP
JahanabadArun Kumar, Rashtriya Lok Samta Party
NalandaKaushalendra Kumar, JD(U)
Patna SahibShatrughan Sinha, BJP (now with Congress)
PatliputraRam Kripal Yadav, BJP
PUNJAB
Amritsar:Gurjeet Singh Aujla, Congress
Anandpur SahibPrem Singh Chandumajra, SAD
BathindaHarsimrat Kaur, SAD
Faridkot (SC)Sadhu Singh, AAP
Fatehgarh Sahib (SC)Harinder Singh Khalsa, AAP
FerozepurSher Singh Ghubaya, SAD
GurdaspurSunil Jakhar, Congress
Hoshiarpur (SC)Vijay Sampla, BJP
Jalandhar (SC)Santokh Singh Chaudhary, Congress
Khadoor SahibRanjit Singh Brahmpura, SAD (SAD-Taksali)
LudhianaRavneet Singh Bittu, Congress
PatialaDharamvira Gandhi, AAP
SangrurBhagwant Mann, AAP
CHANDIGARH
ChandigarhKirron Kher, BJP
HIMACHAL PRADESH
KangraShanta Kumar, BJP
HamirpurAnurag Thakur, BJP
MandiRamswaroop Sharma, BJP
ShimlaVirender Kashyap, BJP
JHARKHAND
GoddaNishikant Dubey, BJP
DumkaShibu Soren, JMM
RajmahalVijay Hansdak, JM
UTTAR PRADESH
BalliaBharat Singh, BJP
BansgaonKamlesh Paswan, BJP
ChandauliMahendra Nath Pandey, BJP
DeoriaKalraj Mishra, BJP
GhazipurManoj Sinha, BJP
GhosiHarinarayan Rajbhar, BJP
GorakhpurPraveen Kumar Nishad, SP
Kushi NagarRajesh Pandey, BJP
RobertsganjChhotelal, BJP
SalempurRavindra Kushwaha, BJP
VaranasiNarendra Modi, BJP
MirzapurAnupriya Patel, Apna Dal
MaharajganjPankaj Chaudhary, BJP
MADHYA PRADESH (8)
DewasManohar Untwal, BJP
DharSavitri Thakur, BJP
IndoreSumitra Mahajan (BJP)
KhandwaNandkumar Singh Chouhan (BJP)
KhargoneSubhash Patel, BJP
MandsaurSudhir Gupta, BJP
RatlamKantilal Bhuria, Congress
UjjainProf Chintamani Malviya, BJP
WEST BENGAL
BarasatKakali Ghosh Dastidar, Trinamool
BasirhatIdris Ali, Trinamool Congress
JoynagarPratima Mondal, Trinamool Congress
MathurapurChoudhury Mohan Jatua, Trinamool Congress
Diamond HarbourAbhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Congress
Kolkata SouthSubrata Bakshi, Trinamool Congress
JadavpurSugata Bose, Trinamool Congress
Kolkata NorthSudip Bandyopadhyay, Trinamool Congress
DumdumSaugata Roy, Trinamool Congress

First Published: May 19, 2019 06:37 IST

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