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Lok Sabha elections 2019 phase 4: Poll fight begins in Maoist-affected areas in Jharkhand

Maoist have a presence in the three constituencies of Lohardaga, Palamu and Chatra which go to the polls on Monday.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 29, 2019 10:41 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
Lok Sabha elections 2019,Jharkhand,Palamu
A letter issued by Inspector General of police (provisions) Arun Kumar Singh recently stated in addition to the 94 companies of paramilitary forces already stationed in the state, an additional 60 companies of central paramilitary forces, along with 52 companies of the Indian Reserve Battalion and Jharkhand Armed Police, would be moved to the districts ahead of elections.(ANI)

Over 3.5 million voters spread across the three parliamentary constituencies of Lohardaga, Palamu and Chatra will choose their representatives when the state goes to the polls on Monday. Elections to Jharkhand’s 14 seats will be held over the remaining four phases.

Lohardaga is a scheduled tribe reserved seat while Palamu is a scheduled caste reserved constituency.

Barring Chatra, where opposition alliance partners, Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal, will put up candidates, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is pitched against the alliance in Lohardaga and Palamu.

At present, the BJP holds 12 of the 14 seats in the state, including the three polling first.

In Lohardaga, two-term sitting MP Sudershan Bhagat faces a tough fight against current legislator and former Jharkhand Congress chief Sukhdeo Bhagat.

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As the opposition candidate, Sukhdeo Bhagat will look to benefit from a consolidation of opposition votes. Sudarshan Bhagat, the Union minister of state for tribal affairs, had scraped through with just over 6,000 votes in a multi-cornered contest in 2014.

Lohardaga, a seat with a sizeable tribal Christian and Muslim population, faces local factors such as the Pathalgadi movement — wherein the communities proclaim allegiance to the Constitution but reject all authority except that of their gram sabhas (village assemblies) — and the anti-conversion law, a state statute, promulgated in 2017.

Maoist have a presence in the three constituencies.

The BJP won both Palamu and Chatra by handsome margins in 2014. The party is seeking re-election of its sitting MPs, former state director general of police Vishnu Dayal Ram and Sunil Singh. While Ram is locked in a direct fight with RJD’s Ghutan Ram, Singh will face both, RJD and Congress candidates — Subhash Prasad Yadav and Manoj Yadav respectively — as well as Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Nageshwar Ganjhu.

A letter issued by Inspector General of police (provisions) Arun Kumar Singh recently stated in addition to the 94 companies of paramilitary forces already stationed in the state, an additional 60 companies of central paramilitary forces, along with 52 companies of the Indian Reserve Battalion and Jharkhand Armed Police, would be moved to the districts ahead of elections.

“The grand alliance would prove formidable for ruling parties. But the alliance is lacking in coordination and planning on these three seats. Its benefit might go to BJP,” said LK Kundan, associate professor of Ranchi University, referring to the RJD and Congress both putting up candidates in Chatra, despite being in an alliance.

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 04:43 IST

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