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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Congress, BJP in fresh tussle ahead of phase 4 of voting

A day before 72 seats across nine states go to polls in the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, Congress president Rahul Gandhi renewed his attack on the Centre over issues faced by farmers on Sunday, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) treated them as “liability”.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 29, 2019 01:29 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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A day before 72 seats across nine states go to polls in the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, Congress president Rahul Gandhi renewed his attack on the Centre over issues faced by farmers . (HT File Photo)

A day before 72 seats across nine states go to polls in the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, Congress president Rahul Gandhi renewed his attack on the Centre over issues faced by farmers on Sunday, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) treated them as “liability”.

“Our farmers are our pride and strength,” he wrote on Twitter. “India’s farmers are now rising up to demand NYAY...,” he added, referring to the Congress’s proposed minimum income guarantee scheme, or Nyay. The Congress has been focusing on the agrarian distress in its rallies.

Earlier in the day, campaigning for his party in Bihar, BJP chief Amit Shah continued with his narrative of national security, saying all anti-national elements will end up behind the bars once the Modi government returns to power. He hit out at Gandhi over the Congress manifesto that promised to scrap the sedition law. He said Modi has shown he is a man with a “56-inch chest” by destroying terrorist hideouts in Pakistan. In Uttar Pradesh, Shah said while criminals roamed freely when the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ruled the state, they are now seen moving around with a “patta (placard)” reading “arrest us but don’t do encounter” since Yogi Adityanath became chief minister. The Yogi Adityanath government had come in for criticism last year after the UP Police launched a crackdown across the state, killing dozens of criminals.

Meanwhile, a day before the last phase of polling in Maharashtra, the Congress said ally Sharad Pawar’s remark on the top contenders for the PM post could be his “personal opinion”. Nationalist Congress Party leader Pawar said on Saturday that West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu and former UP CM Mayawati could be top contenders for the post if the BJP-led NDA did not get majority. “We are sure about getting a clear majority in the Lok Sabha polls and our president Rahul Gandhi is our choice for the post,” said Congress leader Sachin Sawant.

(With agency inputs)

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 00:35 IST

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