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Lok Sabha elections 2019: In phase 4, battle for Jharkhand to begin with polling in three seats

Polls for 14 seats in Jharkhand are scheduled to be held in four phases, beginning with three LS seats on April 29.The BJP won both the Palamu and Chatra seats by a handsome margin in 2014.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 28, 2019 19:04 IST
Vishal Kant
Vishal Kant
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
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Lohardaga, a reserved seat for scheduled castes, is dominated by tribals. The seat has a sizeable tribal Christian population, who are expected to polarize against the BJP due to local factors such as the Pathalgadi movement in neighbouring districts.(PTI PHOTO)

When polling for the fourth phase of the general elections starts on April 29, more than 35 lakh voters across Lohardaga, Palamu and Chatra parliamentary constituencies in Jharkhand will exercise their franchise to choose their representatives in the Lok Sabha.

Polls for 14 seats in Jharkhand are scheduled to be held in four phases, beginning with three LS seats on April 29. The Lohardaga seat is reserved for Scheduled Tribes and Palamu for Scheduled Castes. Currently, the BJP holds 12 of the 14 LS seats in the state, including the three going to polls initially.

Barring Chatra, where the 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.

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 contest with Lohardaga legislator and former Jharkhand Congress chief Sukhdeo Bhagat.

Sukhdeo Bhagat is contesting on a Congress ticket as part of the opposition alliance in the state, hence there is likely to be a consolidation of opposition votes. In 2014, despite the huge Modi wave, Sudershan Bhagat had just scraped through with over 6,000 votes in a multi-corner contest.

Also read: Maoist-hit Khunti is one of most backwards seats in Jharkhand

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

The BJP won both the Palamu and Chatra seats by a handsome margin in 2014.Former state DGP VD Ram won from Palamu and 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 an independent from Chatra.

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

Also read: Many crorepati, criminal candidates in 3 Jharkhand Lok Sabha seats voting on April 29

Security beefed up:

Ahead of the fourth phase of elections, around 38,400 personnel would be deployed to provide security cover. CRPF commandant Kailash Arya said that 154 companies of the central paramilitary forces would be deployed as per the Election Commission’s guidelines.

“The strength of security forces in each area would be decided after security assessment of the polling booths is done. After completion of the first phase, these companies would be moved to other areas,” he said.

Recently, Inspector General of Police (provisions) Arun Kumar Singh issued a letter to concerned police officers regarding requisition of vehicles for the movement of troops. According to the letter, 94 companies of the paramilitary forces are already stationed in the state.

An additional 60 companies of CPMF along with 52 echo companies of the Indian Reserve Battalion/ State Indian Reserve Battalion/State Armed Police/Jharkhand Armed Police will be moved to the districts ahead of the elections, it said.

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 28, 2019 17:25 IST