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Home / Lok Sabha Elections / Lok Sabha Elections 2019: In Jharkhand, voting in three seats in phase one

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: In Jharkhand, voting in three seats in phase one

Election for 14 Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand are scheduled to be held in four phases, beginning with three LS seats going to polls on April 29. Of these, Lohardaga seat is reserved for scheduled tribes and Palamu for scheduled castes.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Apr 29, 2019 13:48 IST
Vishal Kant
Vishal Kant
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Polling for Lok Sabha elections in progress in Jagodih area of Palamu constituency, April 29, 2019.
Polling for Lok Sabha elections in progress in Jagodih area of Palamu constituency, April 29, 2019.(ANI / Twitter )
         

The Lok Sabha elections in Jharkhand began on Monday with polling in three parliamentary constituencies---Lohardaga, Palamu and Chatra--- result of which would be a test of popularity for the ruling BJP, besides the opposition grand alliance including the Congress, JMM, JVM-P and the RJD.

Election for 14 seats in Jharkhand are scheduled to be held in four phases, beginning with three LS seats going to polls on April 29. Of these, Lohardaga seat is reserved for scheduled tribes and Palamu for scheduled castes. Presently, the BJP holds 12 of the 14 LS seats in the state, including the three going to polls first.

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The BJP claims to have retained in all three seats in first phase, while grand alliance claimed that all three seats would come in its pocket.

Barring Chatra, where opposition grand alliance partners, Congress and the RJD, are engaged in a friendly fight, the BJP is pitched in a direct battle with the opposition alliance in Lohardaga and Palamu.

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In Lohardaga, Sudershan Bhagat, who is representing the seat since 2009, is facing a tough battle this time round as he is locked in a direct fight with Lohardaga legislator and former Jharkhand Congress chief Sukhdeo Bhagat.

Sukhdeo Bhagat is contesting on Congress ticket as part of the opposition alliance in the state, hence consolidation of opposition votes. Despite the Modi wave, Sudershan Bhagat had just scraped through in 2014 with just over 6000 votes in a multi-corner contest.

Lohardaga, a reserved seat for scheduled castes, is dominated by tribals. The seat has sizeable tribal Christians, who are expected to polarize against the BJP due to local factors such as Pathalgadi movement in neighbouring districts and anti-conversion law legislated by the state government.

The BJP won both Palamu and Chatra seats by handsome margin in 2014. While former state DGP VD Ram won from Palamu, Sunil Singh, despite being an ‘outsider’, won from Chatra.

The party has repeated both of them in 2019 despite protests from local party workers in both constituencies. BJP leader and Latehar district board vice-chairman Rajendra Saw has turned rebel and is contesting as independent from Chatra.

While Ram is locked in a direct fight with RJD’s Ghutan Ram in Palamu, Sunil Singh is having a breather as RJD and Congress are engaged in friendly fight making the contest triangular.

BJP spokesperson Pratul Shadeo said, “We will win all three seats in first phase with good margin, as there is strong Modi under current across Jharkhand.”

However, Congress spokesman Rajesh Thakur said, “The alliance of opposition parties have given a strong edge to our candidates this election. We are certain to win Lohardaga seat with good margin whereas we have strong candidates in Chatra and Palamu, who we believe will defeat BJP candidates.”

 

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