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Home / Lok Sabha Elections / Lok Sabha elections 2019: BJP aims to breach Mamata Banerjee’s citadel in Bengal

Lok Sabha elections 2019: BJP aims to breach Mamata Banerjee’s citadel in Bengal

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has accused the Congress-led and Bharatiya Janata Party-led governments at the centre for the decline of jute, textile and other industrial units.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: May 06, 2019, 07:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Kolkata
In five of the seven constituencies, out of which Howrah, Serampore, Hooghly and Barrackpore have labour intensive manufacturing units, most of which have fallen into disrepair, the lack of jobs will be a key issue.
In five of the seven constituencies, out of which Howrah, Serampore, Hooghly and Barrackpore have labour intensive manufacturing units, most of which have fallen into disrepair, the lack of jobs will be a key issue. (PTI FILE)

The Howrah-Hooghly industrial belt, on either side of the river Hooghly, will go to polls in the fifth phase of the general elections, when seven of the state’s 42 seats cast their vote. Polling has already taken place in 18 seats in the previous four phases, marked by incidents of violence.

In five of the seven constituencies, out of which Howrah, Serampore, Hooghly and Barrackpore have labour intensive manufacturing units, most of which have fallen into disrepair, the lack of jobs will be a key issue. By contrast, the Uluberia industrial belt, which falls within the Uluberia constituency that also polls on May 6, has developed over the past two decades.

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The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has accused the Congress-led and Bharatiya Janata Party-led governments at the centre for the decline of jute, textile and other industrial units. The BJP, on the other hand, has accused the TMC of doing nothing for industrial revival.

While campaigning in Serampore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the centre has taken measures to incentivize the jute industry. In a rally in Hooghly, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee alleged that demonetisation and unplanned implementation of Goods and Services Tax ha led to loss of hundreds of jobs in this belt. At present, all seven seats are held by the TMC.

In the Dalit Matua -dominated Bongaon reserved seat, the Citizenship Amendment Bill is a key issue. Matuas are refugees from Bangladesh who settled in West Bengal over the past few decades. The bill, which purports to provide citizenship to persons of non Islamic religions from neighbouring countries, if they face religious persecution, has run into rough weather.

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Four-time MLA Arjun Singh, who recently left the TMC to join the BJP, will contest from Barrackpore against former railway minister Dinesh Trivedi from TMC. In Bongaon, sitting MP Mamata Thakur will go up against Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s Alokesh Das, Congress’ Sourav Prasad, and the BJP’s Shantanu Thakur.

Locals pointed out that Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, the trade union wing of BJP’s parent body Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has increased its influence in the industrial belt.

“The constituencies going to the polls in the fifth phase are considered among TMC’s safest. Parties ruling the Centre and the state are blaming each other for the poor state of the industrial belt but, due to anti-incumbency, BJP’s vote share is likely to increase,” said political analyst Amal Mukhopadhyay, former principal at Presidency College.

 
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ConstituencySitting MP
Bihar
SitamarhiRam Kumar Sharma, RLSP
MadhubaniChaudhary Hukumdev Narayan Yadav, BJP
MuzaffarpurAjay Nishad, BJP
SaranRajiv Pratap Rudy, BJP
HajipurRamvilas Paswan, LJP
Jammu and Kashmir
LadakhThupstan Chhewang, BJP
AnantnagSeat is vacant (PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti quit after becoming CM of the state)
Madhya Pradesh
TikamgarhVirendra Kumar Khatik, BJP
DamohPrahalad Singh Patel, BJP
KhajurahoNagendra Singh, BJP
SatnaGanesh Singh
RewaJanardan Mishra, BJP
HoshangabadUday Pratap Singh
Betul Jyoti Dhurve, BJP
Rajasthan
GanganagarNihalchand Meghwal, BJP
BikanerArun Ram Meghwal, BJP
ChuruRahul Kaswan, BJP
Jhunjhunu Santosh Ahlawat, BJP
SikarSumedhanand Saraswati, BJP
Jaipur RuralRajyavardhan Singh Rathore, BJP
JaipurRamcharan Bohara, BJP
AlwarChand Nath, BJP
BharatpurBahadur Singh, BJP
Karauli-DholpurManoj Rajoria, BJP
DausaHarish Chandra Meena, BJP
Nagaur C R Choudhary, BJP
ConstituencySitting MP
Jharkhand
KodarmaRavindra Kumar Ray, BJP
RanchiRam Tahal Choudhary, BJP
KhuntiKariya Munda, BJP
HazaribaghJayant Sinha, BJP
Uttar Pradesh
DharuheraRekha Verma, BJP
SitapurRajesh Verma, BJP
MohanlalganjKaushal Kishore, BJP
LucknowRajnath Singh, BJP
Rae BareliSonia Gandhi, Congress
AmethiRahul Gandhi, Congress
BandaBhairon Prasad Mishra, BJP
FatehpurNiranjan Jyoti, BJP
KaushambiVinod Sonkar, BJP
BarabankiPriyanka Singh Rawat, BJP
Faizabad Lallu Singh, BJP
BahraichSavitri Bai Phule, BJP
KaiserganjBrij Bhushan Sharan Singh, BJP
GondaKirti Vardhan Singh, BJP
West Bengal
BangaonMamata Thakur, Trinamool Congress
BarrackpurDinesh Trivedi, Trinamool Congress
HowrahPrasun Banerjee, Trinamool Congress
UluberiaSajda Ahmed, Trinamool Congress
SreerampurKalyan Banerjee, Trinamool Congress
Hooghly Dr Ratna De, Trinamool Congress
ArambagAparupa Poddar, Trinamool Congress
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