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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Heavyweights in the fray as poll battle focus shifts to eastern UP

Uttar Pradesh, which elects 80 Lok Sabha members to the Parliament, will see polling in 14 constituencies, including the ones above, in the fifth phase of the ongoing general elections.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: May 06, 2019, 08:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Lucknow
Congress president Rahul Gandhi, United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, and union home minister Rajnath Singh are some of the political heavyweights who will contest on May 6 to retain their seats in Amethi, Rae Bareli and Lucknow, respectively.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi, United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, and union home minister Rajnath Singh are some of the political heavyweights who will contest on May 6 to retain their seats in Amethi, Rae Bareli and Lucknow, respectively.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, and union home minister Rajnath Singh are some of the political heavyweights who will contest on May 6 to retain their seats in Amethi, Rae Bareli and Lucknow, respectively.

Uttar Pradesh, which elects 80 Lok Sabha members to the Parliament, will see polling in 14 constituencies, including the ones above, in the fifth phase of the ongoing general elections. The state has already voted for 39 seats in the previous four phases.

Of the 14, Mohanlalganj and Kaushambi are reserved seats.

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Among the most watched political contests is Dhaurahara, where Congress’ Jitin Prasada will face incumbent Rekha Verma, of the Bharatiya Janata Party, and Bahujan Samaj Party’s Arshad Siddiqui.

Savitribai Phule, the sitting MP of Bahraich left the BJP in December 2018, and recently joined the Congress. She will face Shabbir Ahmad Balmiki of BSP, whom she defeated by a margin of over 95,000 votes in 2014.

Among the 14 seats that will poll on Monday, Congress won two in 2014, while Samajwadi Party and BSP — who are now in an alliance — didn’t win any.

In Amethi, union minister Smriti Irani from the BJP will take on Rahul Gandhi. She had lost the contest in 2014. Sonia Gandhi, who has been winning her seat since 2004, is expected to win this time, too. The Congress has won this seat 19 times in all (including bypolls).

Most of the fifth phase constituency contests are triangular—between the sitting BJP MPs, the gathbandhan (SP-BSP) candidates and Congress contenders.

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In Faizabad constituency, in which Ayodhya is one of the assembly segments, BJP’s Lallu Singh faces Congress candidate Nirmal Khatri who had won the seat in 2009 and SP’s Anand Sen.

Last week, the prime minister held a rally in Ayodhya district — his first since he assumed office — on the same day as BSP Supremo Mayawati and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, held theirs close-by. Rahul Gandhi too, held a rally in the neighbouring district. Modi avoided mentioning the controversial Ram Temple issue and stayed away from the disputed site where the BJP has for long promised to build a grand temple. The site is where the Babri Masjid, a 16th century mosque, stood until it was demolished 28 years ago by Hindu karsevaks (volunteers) who believe it marks the birthplace of Hindu god, Ram.

Lucknow is the only seat that the BJP has not lost in last seven successive elections. Singh, the incumbent, faces seer Acharya Pramod Krishnam from Congress, and Poonam Sinha, as the alliance candidate. Sinha is the wife of MP Shatrughan Sinha, who switched from the BJP to Congress recently.

Political analyst Prof SK Dwivedi from Lucknow University said, “This phase seems to be in a neck and neck contest between BJP and the gathbandhan. Barring Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli and Rajnath Singh in Lucknow — the only ones who are safe — it could be anybody’s game.”

 
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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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