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Lok Sabha elections 2019 phase 4: BJP-Sena hope to repeat thumping win in Maharashtra

Last year, the Shiv Sena decided to go it alone in all future polls, but in February this year, the party made a U-turn by announcing an alliance with the BJP. A seat-sharing deal, under which the Sena would contest 23 seats and the BJP, 25, was sealed.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 29, 2019 07:28 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and BJP chief Amit Shah(Vijayanand Gupta/HT FILE Photo)

The last 17 of Maharashtra’s 48 Lok Sabha seats will vote on Monday, with political heavyweights, their family members, and Marathi and Hindi film actors in the fray.

Squabbles between alliance partners Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Maharshtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray’s anti-BJP campaigning in the state have made this an eventful election so far.

Last year, the Shiv Sena decided to go it alone in all future polls, but in February this year, the party made a U-turn by announcing an alliance with the BJP. A seat-sharing deal, under which the Sena would contest 23 seats and the BJP, 25, was sealed.

The alliance, which is 25 years old, is currently in power in Mahrashtra. State elections will be held later this year.

In the 2014 elections, the alliance won 41 of 48 seats (The BJP lost one seat in a bypoll held for Bhandara-Gondia seat in 2018). It remains to be seen whether the alliance will repeat its performance. Of the constituencies going to polls, 12 are in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), which includes Mumbai city, Thane and Palgarh. In Mumbai north, actor Urmila Matondkar, who joined the Congress earlier this month, faces BJP MP Gopal Shetty. In 2014, Shetty had defeated then sitting MP Sanjay Nirupam by 446,000 votes. In Mumbai north central, Poonam Mahajan, the BJP youth wing president, confronts Congress’ Priya Dutt, whom she defeated by a margin of over 160,000 votes in 2014. In Mumbai south, Milind Deora of the Congress — who was recently endorsed by industrialist Mukesh Ambani — is taking on sitting Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant.

In a surprise move, the BJP dropped Kirit Somaiya although the sitting MP of Mumbai north east defeated incumbent Sanjay Dina Patil, of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), in 2014 by over 300,000 votes.

Although his party is not in the fray in any seat, MNS’ Raj Thackeray has been holding election rallies especially in Maratha-dominated constituencies, exhorting people to not vote for the BJP. However, Thackeray — cousin to Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray — does not seek votes for the Congress-NCP alliance.

Political analyst Pratap Aasbe said the seats up for grabs in the fourth phase are the most significant because heavyweights are in the race. “It seems difficult for BJP-Sena combine to retain all the six seats of Mumbai,” he 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 29, 2019 05:02 IST

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