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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Home to Amul, Anand is Gujarat’s bellwether seat

The BJP is hoping that it will be able to retain all the 26 Lok Sabha seats that it swept in the 2014 general election. Gujarat will go to polls in a single phase on April 23. Anand, a traditional Congress bastion, will be a bellwether seat.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Apr 23, 2019 07:57 IST
Chetan Chauhan
Chetan Chauhan
Hindustan Times, Anand/Ahmedabad
Solanki belongs to the OBC Kshatriya Thakor caste, with over 750,000 voters, while the BJP candidate Mitesh Patel belongs to the Patidar community, with around 242,000 voters. Muslim voters number around 140,000.
Solanki belongs to the OBC Kshatriya Thakor caste, with over 750,000 voters, while the BJP candidate Mitesh Patel belongs to the Patidar community, with around 242,000 voters. Muslim voters number around 140,000. (HT Photo)
         

“I am also a Gujarati,” Congress candidate and former union minister Bharatsinh Solanki told party workers on April 18 at Satyagraha Chawni in Central Gujarat’s Borsad. Solanki recalled the work of his father, former chief minister Madhavsinh Solanki, to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invocation of Gujarati pride a day earlier. At an election rally in Anand, Modi had said that “only a Gujarati can teach Pakistan a lesson”, referring to the air strikes in Balakot on February 26 — a retaliation to the attack on Indian paramilitary soldiers in Pulwama earlier that month.

The BJP is hoping that it will be able to retain all the 26 Lok Sabha seats that it swept in the 2014 general election. Gujarat will go to polls in a single phase on April 23. Anand, a traditional Congress bastion, will be a bellwether seat.

Headquarters to the famous Amul (Anand Milk Union Limited), Congress has won 11 of the 16 Lok Sabha elections here. Bharatsinh Solanki won in 2004 and 2009, but lost to BJP’s Dalipbhai Patel in 2014 by over 200,000 votes. Before 2014, the BJP had won from here only in 1989 and 1999. Industrialist Mitesh Patel has replaced the incumbent as BJP’s candidate this time around.

“Traditionally Congress has been strong in Central Gujarat because of its association with the independence movement and then building a strong milk cooperative network benefitting almost all rural households in the region,” said Anand-based political expert Daral Bhatt.

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Amul chairman Ram Singh Parmar said the milk movement helped the Congress retain its voters. “People in rural Gujarat saw Congress as their saviour when the region was hit by drought and crop failures. Milk provided an alternate income and sustained lives.” Parmar, a former Congress legislator, switched over to the BJP during the 2016 Rajya Sabha elections. “The BJP made inroads through the Patel community who ushered an economic boom in the region with their own personal investments,” he said.

The primarily farmer dominated region has four to six lane highways, swanky roads that reach villages and booming industry. Non-resident Patels with local business persons have built private hospitals and educational institutions. Locals credit the last 25 years of the BJP government for opening the state for investment.

Vijaybhai Gohil from Dohal village said as PM, Modi has brought big factories to Gujarat, especially in the industrial belt of Morbi, which has hundreds of ceramic factories. However, Devesh Kumar from the same village complained of corruption. “No work at a government office here gets done without money and nobody listens to the poor.” Chagganbhai Pancham, a businessperson in Anand said the BJP is a party of rich people. “In the last 25 years of BJP in Gujarat, the rich have become richer and poor are struggling to sustain their lives,” he said.

Solanki, under whose leadership the Congress won 79 of the 182 assembly seats in 2017 assembly elections, claimed that the Congress will do well in Gujarat as people have lost faith in Modi. “If not Anand, then Congress cannot win any other seat,” he said, adding that the party will win 16 Lok Sabha seats, the claim many in his own party say is impossible.

Solanki belongs to the OBC Kshatriya Thakor caste, with over 750,000 voters, while the BJP candidate Mitesh Patel belongs to the Patidar community, with around 242,000 voters. Muslim voters number around 140,000.

Though caste equations are in the Congress’ favour, the BJP candidate Mitesh Patel claims it does not come into the picture as his party won from here in 1989, 1999 and 2014. “People here like rest of Gujarat and India are voting for Modi. I am his representative here,” Patel said.

 

ConstituencySitting MP
Assam
DhubriBadruddin Ajmal, AIUDF
KokrajharNaba Kumar Sarania, IND
BarpetaSirajuddin Ajmal, AIUDF
GauhatiBijoya Chakravarty, BJP
Bihar
JhanjharpurBirendra Kumar Choudhary, BJP
SupaulRanjeet Ranjan, Congress
ArariaSarfaraz Alam, RJD 
MadhepuraPappu Yadav, RJD
KhagariaMehboob Ali Kaiser, LJP
Chhattisgarh
SurgujaKamalbhan Singh Marabi, BJP
RaigarhVishnu Deo Sai, BJP
Janjgir-ChampaKamla Patle, BJP
KorbaBanshilal Mahto, BJP
BilaspurLakhan Lal Sahu, BJP
DurgTamradhwaj Sahu, Congress
RaipurRamesh Bais, BJP
Goa
North GoaShripad Yesso Naik, Bharatiya Janata Party
South GoaNarendra Keshav Sawaikar, BJP
Gujarat
KachchhVinod Lakhamashi Chavda, BJP
BanaskanthaHaribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary, BJP
PatanLiladharbhai Vaghela, BJP
Mahesana Jayshreeben Kanubha Patel, BJP
SabarkanthaDipsinh Shankarsinh Rathod, BJP
GandhinagarLK Advani, BJP
Ahmedabad EastParesh Rawal, BJP
Ahmedabad WestKirit Premjibhai Solanki, BJP
SurendranagarDevjibhai Govindbhai Fatepara, BJP
RajkotMohanbhai Kundariya, BJP
PorbandarVitthalbhai Hansrajbhai Radadiya, BJP
JamnagarPoonamben Hematbhai Maadam, BJP
JunagadhChudasama Rajeshbhai Naranbhai, BJP
AmreliNaranbhai Bhikhabhai Kachhadiya, BJP
BhavnagarDr Bharatiben Dhirubhai Shiyal, BJP
AnandDilip M Patel, BJP
KhedaDevusinh Chauhan, BJP
PanchmahalPrabhatsinh Pratapsinh Chauhan, BJP
Dahod Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor, BJP
VadodaraRanjanben Dhananjay Bhatt , BJP (won bypoll)
Chhota UdaipurRamsinh Rathwa, BJP
BharuchMansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava, BJP
BardoliPrabhubhai Nagarbhai Vasava, BJP
SuratDarshana Vikram Jardosh, BJP
NavsariCR Patil, BJP
ValsadKC Patel, BJP
Jammu and Kashmir
AnantnagVacant
Karnataka
ChikkodiPrakash Hukkeri, Congress
BelgaumAngadi Suresh Channabasappa, BJP
BagalkotGaddigoudar Parvatagouda Chandanagouda, BJP
Bijapur Ramesh Jigajinagi, BJP
GulbargaMallikarjun Kharge, Congressha
RaichurBV Nayak, Congress
BidarBhagwanth Kuba, BJP
KoppalKaradi Sanganna Amarappa, BJP
BellaryB. Sreeramulu, BJP
HaveriUdasi Shivakumar Channabasappai, BJP
DharwadPralhad Joshi, BJP
Uttara KannadaAnanthkumar Hegde, BJP
Davanagere
ShimogaBS Yeddyurappa, BJP
ConstituencySitting MP
Kerala
KasaragodP Karunakaran, CPI(M)
KannurPK Srieemathi, CPI(M)
VadakaraMullappally Ramachandran, INC
Wayanad 
KozhikodeVacant after sitting MP MI Shavas of Congress died in 2016
MalappuramE. Ahamed, IUML
PonnaniET Mohammed Basheer, IUML
PalakkadMB Rajesh, CPI(M)
AlathurP.K.Biju, CPI(M)
ThrissurC. N. Jayadevan, CPI
ChalakudyInnocent, Independent
ErnakulamKV Thomas, Congress
Idukkidv. Joice George, Independent
Kottayam Jose K. Mani, Kerala Congress (M)
Alappuzha KC Venugopal, Congress
MavelikkaraKodikunnil Suresh, Congress
PathanamthittaAnto Antony, Congress
KollamNK Premachandran, RSP
AttingalA Sampath, CPI(M)
ThiruvananthapuramShashi Tharoor, Congress
Maharashtra
JalgaonA.T. Nana Patil, BJP
RaverKhadase Raksha Nikhil, BJP
JalnaDanve Raosaheb Dadarao, BJP
AurangabadSushil Kumar Singh, BJP
RaigadAnant Geete, Shiv Sena
PuneAnil Shirole, BJP
BaramatiSupriya Sule, NCP
AhmednagarGandhi Dilipkumar Mansukhlal, BJP
Madhaohite Patil Vijaysinh Shankarrao, Nationalist Congress Party
SangliSanjaykaka Patil, BJP
SataraUdayanraje Pratapsinha Bhonsale, NCP
Ratnagiri-SindhudurgVinayak Bhaurao Raut, Shiv Sena
KolhapurDhananjay Bhimrao Mahadik, NCP
HatkanangleRaju Shetty, Swabhimani Paksha
Odisha
SambalpurNagendra Kumar Pradhan, BJD
KeonjharSakuntala Laguri, BJD
DhenkanalTathagata Satpathy, BJD
CuttackBhartuhari Mahatab, BJD
PuriPinaki Misra, BJD
Bhubaneswar Prasanna Kumar Patasani, BJD
Uttar Pradesh
MoradabadKunwar Sarvesh Kumar, BJP
RampurNepal Singh, BJP
SambhalSatyapal Singh, BJP
Firozabad Akshay Yadav, SP
MainpuriTej Pratap Singh Yadav, SP
EtahRajveer Singh, BJP
BadaunDharmendra Yadav, SP
AonlaDharmendra Kumar, BJP
Bareilly Santosh Kumar Gangwar, BJP
PilibhitManeka Gandhi, BJP
West Bengal
BalurghatArpita Ghosh, Trinamool Congress
Maldaha UttarMausam Noor, Congress
Maldaha DakshinAbu Hasem Khan Chowdhury, Congress
JangipurAbhijit Mukherjee, Congress
Murshidabad Badaruddoza Khan, CPI(M)
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Dadra and Nagar HaveliNatubhai Gomanbhai Patel, BJP
Daman and Diu
Daman and DiuLalubhai Patel, BJP
Tripura
East Tripura Jitendra Choudhury, CPI(M)

First Published: Apr 23, 2019 07:57 IST

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