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Lok Sabha elections 2019: CM’s, ex-CM’s sons to try their luck on 6 seats in MP

More than 10 million voters will decide the fate of 108 candidates in the parliamentary constituencies of Sidhi, Shahdol, Mandla, Jabalpur, Balaghat and Chhindwara.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 28, 2019 22:18 IST
Punya Priya Mitra
Punya Priya Mitra
Hindustan Times, Bhopal
Lok Sabha elections,Madhya Pradesh Lok Sabha elelctions,phase 4 elections
More than 10 million voters will decide on APril 29 the fate of 108 candidates in the parliamentary constituencies of Sidhi, Shahdol, Mandla, Jabalpur, Balaghat and Chhindwara.(HT file photo)

The son of chief minister Kamal Nath, former chief minister Arjun Singh, the BJP’s state unit president and a lawyer are among those in the fray in the six seats that go to polls in Madhya Pradesh in the fourth phase on April 29.

More than 10 million voters will decide the fate of 108 candidates in the parliamentary constituencies of Sidhi, Shahdol, Mandla, Jabalpur, Balaghat and Chhindwara.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, the Congress had won only Chhindwara and lost the other five seats to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). However, the Congress is taking heart from its last year’s assembly election win when it got 21 of the 38 seats in Mahakoshal region while the BJP bagged 17. Five of the six parliamentary constituencies voting on April 29 come under the Mahakoshal region.

Read: Full coverage of Lok Sabha elections 2019

In Sidhi, which falls in the Vindhya region of the central state, the Congress had won only one and the BJP seven of the eight seats.

This year, the BJP is depending on the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the issue of nationalism under his rule, while the Congress is harping on the PM’s broken promises and lack of economic development in the region, except Chhindwara, due to the misrule of the ruling dispensation at the Centre.

However, in the two tribal seats of Shahdol and Mandla and to a certain extent in Balaghat issues of tribal rights have also figured in the election campaign.

Read: All you need to know about Madhya Pradesh

“The candidate is secondary in Mahakoshal. We are banking on Modi’s charisma and good work to get votes,” the BJP’s Jabalpur district president Gajanand Pancheshwar said.

Congress party spokesperson Shobha Oza said, “Our main election plank is ‘nyay’ (justice) and the ‘anyay’ (injustice) of the five years of the BJP’s rule at the Centre and 15 years in the state.”

Congress candidate Nakul Ntah, son of CM Kamal Nath, takes on the BJP’s Natan Shah in the high-profile Chhindwara Lok Sabha seat. Junior Nath is aiming to retain the seat his father has won nine times since 1980.

Read: Congress looks to retain its bastion Chhindwara

Congress party’s Ajay Singh, son of former chief minister late Arjun Singh, is pitted against the BJP’s Riti Pathak in Sidhi. In Jabalpur, the BJP state president Rakesh Singh is up against Congress candidate and well-known advocate Vivek Tankha.

In Shahdol, a seat reserved for candidates from Scheduled Tribes, Congress has fielded Pramila Singh against Himadri Singh of the BJP. Himadri Singh recently defected from the Congress party to the BJP.

Read: All about Madhya Pradesh’s Shahdol constituency

In Mandla, also a reserved seat for Scheduled Tribe members, Kamal Marawi of the Congress is pitted against the BJP’s Faggan Singh Kulaste. Kulaste was a junior minister in the Modi government. In Balaghat, Madhu Bhagat of Congress is against the BJP’s Dhal Singh Bisen.

Madhya Pradesh, which sends 29 members to the Lok Sabha will witness polling during the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh phases of the Lok Sabha election 2019. The votes will be counted on May 23.

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 21:36 IST