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Lok Sabha elections 2019: BJP banks on Modi appeal to reverse Congress assembly gains

The high-profile seats of Barmer, Nagaur, Jodhpur and Rajsamand will be among the parliamentary constituencies that will vote in the fourth phase of the 17th general election.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 29, 2019 06:27 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
Lok Sabha elections 2019,Congress,BJP

Rajasthan will go to polls for the first time in the ongoing seven-phase general elections, with 13 of its 25 Lok Sabha seats up for grabs on Monday.

The high-profile seats of Barmer, Nagaur, Jodhpur and Rajsamand will be among the parliamentary constituencies that will vote in the fourth phase of the 17th general election.

In Barmer, the Congress has fielded Bharatiya Janata Party founder-member and former Union minister Jaswant Singh’s son Manvendra Singh. Manvendra was the sitting MLA from Sheo assembly constituency in Barmer district, and joined the Congress prior to the assembly elections held in the state in December 2018.

He was fielded as the Congress candidate from Jhalarapatan assembly constituency, the home turf of former chief minister Vasundhara Raje, but lost. The Congress has now fielded Manvendra as its Lok Sabha candidate from Barmer, while BJP had fielded former MLA from Baytoo, Kailash Choudhary.

Jodhpur will witness a prestige fight between chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s son Vaibhav, who will make his electoral debut, pitted against Union minister and sitting MP Gajendra Shekhawat. Vaibhav Gehlot is not the only high-profile politician son in the electoral fray. In Jhalawar-Baran, former chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s son Dushyant Singh will contest against Congress’s Pramod Sharma. Singh has been Jhalawar-Baran MP since 2004.

A member of the erstwhile royal family of Jaipur and former BJP MLA from Sawai Madhopur, Diya Kumari, has been fielded from Rajsamand. Congress has fielded Devkinandan Gurjar.

The BJP, which won all 25 Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan in 2014, suffered losses in the recent assembly elections. While the party may be able to put that down to anti-incumbency — the state usually alternates between the two national parties — they will be banking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s work for electoral gains this time.

In turn, the Congress, hot on the heels of the assembly election win, will look to reap dividends from its poll promise of Nyay, a minimum income guarantee scheme for the bottom 20% of the poor in the country, and the 33% reservation for women in government jobs .

Political analyst Narayan Bareth said both the BJP and Congress waged an aggressive campaign in the state. “The BJP has tried to conduct the Lok Sabha campaign till now along the lines of the presidential election in the US. It is campaigning on three issues — candidate is immaterial, [vote for] Narendra Modi; Congress’s lack of work in the last 70 years; and nationalism. (In turn) Congress (has used) traditional and modern ways of campaigning.”

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 05:20 IST

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