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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: In Bihar, fourth phase voting crucial for BJP

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: In Bihar, the fourth phase of polling is of high electoral importance to the BJP, which is contesting the three seats of Darbhanga, Ujiyarpur and Begusarai. BJP allies JD(U) and LJP are contesting from the seats of Munger and Samastipur respectively.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Apr 29, 2019 11:03 IST
Vijay Swaroop
Vijay Swaroop
Hindustan Times, Patna
BJP candidate Giriraj Singh is among the NDA leaders whose fate will be decided in the fourth phase of voting in Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
BJP candidate Giriraj Singh is among the NDA leaders whose fate will be decided in the fourth phase of voting in Lok Sabha Elections 2019. (ANI / Twitter)
         

The fate of several NDA stalwarts, including union minister Giriraj Singh (BJP), Bihar’s water resource department minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh (JD-U) and BJP state unit president Nityanand Rai is being decided on Monday in the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections today. Nearly 87,92,548 voters are exercising their franchise that will decide the fate of 66 candidates.

The fourth phase is of high electoral importance to the BJP, which is contesting the three seats of Darbhanga, Ujiyarpur and Begusarai. BJP allies JD(U) and LJP are contesting from the seats of Munger and Samastipur respectively. In the opposition Grand Alliance, Congress is contesting from Samastipur and Munger, RJD from Begusarai and Darbhanga and RLSP from Ujiyarpur.

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The biggest battle of prestige in the fourth phase will be between BJP’s Nityanand Rai and RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha in Ujiyarpur. Kushwaha who was a union minister in the NDA cabinet until last year, quit the alliance citing irrefutable differences and has since become a part of the Grand Alliance. Kushwaha is also contesting from Karakat, from where he is the sitting MP.

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The most hyped electoral battle in the fourth phase of elections is undoubtedly the one in Begusarai, where BJP candidate Giriraj Singh is up against former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who is contesting on a Communist Party of India (CPI) ticket.

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Begusarai has attracted much attention in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls. Giriraj Singh, who is the sitting MP from Nawada, had earlier expressed his displeasure over being allotted a ticket from Begusarai and had levelled allegations against the state BJP leadership for shifting his constituency. Eyes will also be on Kanhaiya Kumar, who has on several occasions criticised the policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and has received support from celebrities like Shabana Azmi, Swara Bhasker and JNU students during his campaign. Though there were talks of Grand Alliance not fielding a candidate from Begusarai early this year, RJD finally decided to field Tanveer Hassan, which makes the contest a triangular one.

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In Darbhanga, Abdul Bari Siddiqui of RJD and BJP’s Gopal Jee Thakur are pitted against each other and caste is expected to play a major factor in the seat. Darbhanga was a major issue of contention within the Grand Alliance, as Congress wanted to field its candidate from the seat. RJD too faced heat from Md Ali Ashraf Fatmi, who fought from Darbhanga on an RJD ticket in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. While RJD finally decided to go with Siddiqui, Fatmi resigned from the party due to him being denied a ticket.

 

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 10:54 IST

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