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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Polls start in Mamata’s south Bengal fortress

While Banerjee has vowed to make a clean sweep of all 42 seats in the state, three in this phase stand out — Berhampore, Asansol and Burdwan-Durgapur.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 29, 2019 07:47 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
Mamata Banerjee,Lok Sabha elections,Trinamool
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee(ANI file photo)

Eight Lok Sabha seats of West Bengal will go to polls on Monday. Of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, 10 have already voted, amid reports of violence and malfunctioning electronic voting machines.

On Sunday, Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Joy Bandyopadhyay was reportedly attacked in Howrah district. One person died in clashes between the Congress and Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers in Mushirabad during the third phase of polling on April 23. On April 25, a TMC workers was hacked to death, allegedly by BJP supporters, in Malda district.

Among the eight seats, the Congress and BJP won one each in 2014. The TMC won the remaining six. In this phase, south Bengal, a traditional bastion of TMC chief and state chief minister Mamata Banerjee, will go to polls. While Banerjee has vowed to make a clean sweep of all 42 seats in the state, three in this phase stand out — Berhampore, Asansol and Burdwan-Durgapur. The Congress candidate from Berhampore, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, won in 2014 by over 300,000 votes, the biggest margin for any Congress candidate in the country. He has also held the seat since 1999.

The BJP has nominated Union minister Babul Supriyo from Asansol, which he won in 2014. In turn, TMC nominated film star Sreemati Dev Varma (Moon Moon Sen), who won the Bankura Lok Sabha seat in 2014.

In Burdwan-Durgapur, the BJP has nominated S S Ahluwalia, who won from Darjeeling in 2014. He is pitted against TMC’s Mamtaz Sanghamita, who won the seat by over 100,000 votes in 2014.

The Election Commission has stepped up the presence of central forces. Authorities indicate that 98% of the polling stations may be guarded in phase 4, up from 50% guarded in phase 1.

“In Asansol, the BJP is surely ahead since the Trinamool candidate is weak. In Berhampore, I feel that Congress candidate Adhir Chowdhury is ahead,” said Maidul Islam at the Centre for Studies in Social Studies.

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 05:11 IST