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Lok Sabha elections 2019: In Jharkhand, mega Oppn alliance hopes to dislodge BJP

While the BJP contested the 2014 assembly polls in a pre-poll alliance with the AJSU, the saffron party has allied with the party for Lok Sabha polls for the first time.

lok sabha elections Updated: May 12, 2019 07:40 IST
HT Correspondent
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All four seats going to polls are held by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

Four Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand will go to polls in the sixth phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections on May 12.

All four seats going to polls are held by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). While the BJP has repeated three sitting MPs from their respective seats — Dhanbad, Jamshedpur and Singhbhum — it has given the Giridih seat to its regional ally, All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU). The decision had shocked the cadre, as party MP Ravindra Pandey has won the seat for five consecutive terms, whereas the AJSU, led by former deputy chief minister Sudesh Mahto, has never won a Lok Sabha seat.

The BJP is contesting the rest of the 13 constituencies in the state. The opposition alliance -- between Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Congress, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) and Rashtriya Janata Dal -- has reached an arrangement under which the Congress will fight in seven seats, JMM in four, JVM (P) in two and the RJD in one.

While the BJP contested the 2014 assembly polls in a pre-poll alliance with the AJSU, the saffron party has allied with the party for Lok Sabha polls for the first time. The regional party has fielded incumbent water resources minister CP Chaudhary in Giridih. Jagarnath Mahto of JMM is his principal opponent.

In neighbouring Dhanbad, the Congress has fielded Kirti Azad, former cricketer and three-term BJP MP from Bihar’s Darbhanga who recently joined the party. In Singhbhum, reserved for scheduled tribes, the Congress has fielded another turncoat, Geeta Koda, MLA from Jagannathpur and wife of former chief minister Madhu Koda, against BJP’s sitting MP and state unit president, Laxman Gilua.

Madhu Koda, who faces trial for alleged involvement in the coal and iron ore mining scam worth Rs 4,000 crore, recently merged his Jai Bharat Samanta Party with the Congress.

“This experiment poses a risk for both the BJP and AJSU. BJP cadre on the ground did not like the decision, because the AJSU despite sharing power in the state has been very vocal in cornering the BJP on several issues. So it could have a bearing on the electoral outcome. For AJSU, the result could have a long-lasting impact,” said LK Kundan of Ranchi University.

Bihar
GopalganjJanak Ram, BJP
SiwanOm Prakash Yadav, BJP
MaharajganjJanardan Singh Sigriwal, BJP
Paschim ChamparanDr. Sanjay Jaiswal, BJP
Purvi ChamparanRadha Mohan Singh, BJP
SheoharRama Devi, BJP
VaishaliRama Kishore Singh, LJP
Valmiki NagarSatish Chandra Dubey, BJP
Madhya Pradesh
BhindDr. Bhagirath Prasad, BJP
BhopalAlok Sanjar, BJP
GunaJyotiraditya Scindia, Congress
GwaliorNarendra Singh Tomar, BJP
MorenaAnoop Mishra, BJP
SagarLaxmi Narayan Yadav, BJP
VidishaSushma Swaraj, BJP
RajgarhRodmal Nagar, BJP
Delhi
South DelhiRamesh Bidhuri, BJP
West DelhiParvesh Sahib Singh Verma, BJP
East DelhiMaheish Girri, BJP
Chandni ChowkHarsh Vardhan, BJP
North West DelhiUdit Raj, BJP
North East DelhiManoj Tiwari, BJP
New DelhiMeenakshi Lekhi, BJP
Haryana
Ambala (SC)Rattan Lal Kataria, BJP
KurukshetraRaj Kumar Saini, BJP
Sirsa (SC)Charanjeet Singh Rori, INLD
HisarDushyant Chautala, JJP
KarnalAshwini Kumar Chopra, BJP
SonipatRamesh Chander Kaushik, BJP
RohtakDeepender Hooda, Congress
Bhiwani–MahendragarhDharambir, BJP
GurgaonRao Inderjit Singh, BJP
FaridabadKrishan Pal Gurjar, BJP
Uttar Pradesh
AllahabadShyama Charan Gupta, BJP
Ambedkar NagarHariom Pandey, BJP
AzamgarhMulayam Singh Yadav, SP
BastiHarish Dwivedi, BJP
BadohiVirendra Singh, BJP
DomariyaganjJagdambika Pal, BJP
JaunpurKP Singh, BJP
LalganjNeelam Sonkar, BJP
MachhlishahrRam Charitra Nishad, BJP
PhulpurNagendra Pratap Singh Patel, SP
PratapgarhKuwar Harivansh Singh, Apna Dal
Sant Kabir NagarSharad Tripathi, BJP
Shrawasti Daddan Mishra, BJP
SultanpurVarun Gandhi, BJP
Jharkhand
DhanbadPashupati Nath Singh, BJP
GiridihRavindra Kumar Pandey, BJP
JamshedpurVidyut Baran Mahto, BJP
SinghbhumLaxman Gilua, BJP
West Bengal
BankuraMoon Moon Sen, Trinamool Congress
BishnupurSaumitra Khan, Trinamool Congress
JhargramUma Saren, Trinamool Congress
GhatalDeepak Adhikari, Trinamool
KanthiSisir Adhikari, Trinamool Congress
MedinipurSandhya Roy, Trinamool Congress
PuruliaMriganko Mahato, Trinamool
TamlukDibyendu Adhikari, Trinamool Congress

First Published: May 12, 2019 06:30 IST

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