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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Alliance arithmetic may make it difficult for BJP to repeat 2014 feat

The outcome in this region will largely depend on caste alignments, particularly of the Other Backward Classes and the Dalits. The BJP has not fielded its sitting MPs in three (Etawah, Hardoi and Misrikh) out of four reserved seats. In all, the BJP has changed six candidates in the 13 seats that will be voting.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 29, 2019 07:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Kanpur
PM Modi,BJP,Uttar Pradesh

Riding on the Narendra Modi wave, the Bharatiya Janata Party had in 2014 won 12 out of the 13 seats that will be going to the polls in the fourth phase on April 29. Matching the feat won’t be easy for the party despite Modi’s show of strength on April 26, when he filed his nomination in the presence of National Democratic Alliance leaders in Varanasi. The alliance formed by the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal poses a formidable challenge. Only in one seat — Jalaun in the Kanpur-Bundelkhand region — did the combined vote share of the SP-BSP alliance fall short of the BJP’s five years ago.

Former Union ministers and Congress leaders Salman Khursheed and Shri Prakash Jaiswal are contesting Farrukhabad and Kanpur, respectively. BJP’s Sakshi Maharaj, known for his controversial statements regarding women and Muslims, is in the fray in Unnao.

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Dimple Yadav, wife of SP president Akhilesh Yadav, is seeking a third term from Kannauj. The Yadav family has been holding the seat since 1998 when SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav won it for the first time and vacated it for his son Akhilesh, who has won it thrice since then.

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The outcome in this region will largely depend on caste alignments, particularly of the Other Backward Classes and the Dalits. The BJP has not fielded its sitting MPs in three (Etawah, Hardoi and Misrikh) out of four reserved seats. In all, the BJP has changed six candidates in the 13 seats that will be voting.

Almost all the constituencies voting on Monday are rural and united by poverty, farm distress and farmers’ suicides, said Siddharth Mukerji from the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University in Lucknow. “In this phase, poverty and social justice would play a role,” he added.

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 29, 2019 05:05 IST

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