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Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Welfare schemes, stray cattle issue dominate poll talks in Mohanlalganj

Topics range from PM Narendra Modi’s beneficiary schemes for rural poor to stray cattle to BJP’s unfulfilled promise of Ram Mandir among other issues.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: May 06, 2019 12:28 IST

Hindustan Times, LUCKNOW
“In Lucknow, Rajnath Singh is comfortably placed against his rivals. But here (Mohanlalganj) situation is different this time. It will not be easy for the BJP to retain the seat,” opines Awadesh.
“In Lucknow, Rajnath Singh is comfortably placed against his rivals. But here (Mohanlalganj) situation is different this time. It will not be easy for the BJP to retain the seat,” opines Awadesh.(HT Photo)
         

In the pre-dominantly rural Mohanlalganj (reserved) parliamentary constituency, villagers are nowadays busy harvesting wheat crop.

Away from the media glare, it is in these fields that villagers often enter into political discourse.

Topics range from PM Narendra Modi’s beneficiary schemes for rural poor to stray cattle to BJP’s unfulfilled promise of Ram Mandir among other issues.

Kaushal Kishore, the BJP’s sitting MP who is seeking re-election, is pitted against BSP candidate CL Verma and Congress’s RK Chaudhary. In the SP-BSP alliance, the Mohanlalganj seat has gone to the BSP’s quota. Congress’s RK Chaudhary was the BSP candidate and the runner-up in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

At Bakshi Ka Talab, Awadesh Kumar, 45, is sipping tea at a roadside tea stall. Six people are sitting around Awadesh who is reading an old local Hindi daily that prominently carried the news of an impressive nomination procession of union home minister Rajnath Singh and Kaushal Kishore on April 16 in Lucknow.

“In Lucknow, Rajnath Singh is comfortably placed against his rivals. But here (Mohanlalganj) situation is different this time. It will not be easy for the BJP to retain the seat,” opines Awadesh.

Interrupting Awadesh, another local Suresh Singh says, “In my village, many people have got houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. Many have also received Rs 2000 each in their bank accounts as promised by the Modi government.” He adds that it will not be easy to beat the BJP candidate.

Rakesh Maurya, another resident of BKT tehsil, is worried about the stray cattle menace.

“Under the Yogi Adityanath government, all illegal slaughterhouses have been shut as the government has been very strict on cow slaughter. This has compelled farmers to let loose their non-productive cattle thereby triggering stray cattle menace,” Rakesh says. “Ujjawala scheme provided much relief from the ordeal of cooking food in earthen furnace. But there is no provision for free refill of the cylinder,” claims Saraswati Devi, 48, a native of Bakshi Ka Talab. Untitled Document

ConstituencySitting MP
Bihar
SitamarhiRam Kumar Sharma, RLSP
MadhubaniChaudhary Hukumdev Narayan Yadav, BJP
MuzaffarpurAjay Nishad, BJP
SaranRajiv Pratap Rudy, BJP
HajipurRamvilas Paswan, LJP
Jammu and Kashmir
LadakhThupstan Chhewang, BJP
AnantnagSeat is vacant (PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti quit after becoming CM of the state)
Madhya Pradesh
TikamgarhVirendra Kumar Khatik, BJP
DamohPrahalad Singh Patel, BJP
KhajurahoNagendra Singh, BJP
SatnaGanesh Singh
RewaJanardan Mishra, BJP
HoshangabadUday Pratap Singh
Betul Jyoti Dhurve, BJP
Rajasthan
GanganagarNihalchand Meghwal, BJP
BikanerArun Ram Meghwal, BJP
ChuruRahul Kaswan, BJP
Jhunjhunu Santosh Ahlawat, BJP
SikarSumedhanand Saraswati, BJP
Jaipur RuralRajyavardhan Singh Rathore, BJP
JaipurRamcharan Bohara, BJP
AlwarChand Nath, BJP
BharatpurBahadur Singh, BJP
Karauli-DholpurManoj Rajoria, BJP
DausaHarish Chandra Meena, BJP
Nagaur C R Choudhary, BJP
ConstituencySitting MP
Jharkhand
KodarmaRavindra Kumar Ray, BJP
RanchiRam Tahal Choudhary, BJP
KhuntiKariya Munda, BJP
HazaribaghJayant Sinha, BJP
Uttar Pradesh
DharuheraRekha Verma, BJP
SitapurRajesh Verma, BJP
MohanlalganjKaushal Kishore, BJP
LucknowRajnath Singh, BJP
Rae BareliSonia Gandhi, Congress
AmethiRahul Gandhi, Congress
BandaBhairon Prasad Mishra, BJP
FatehpurNiranjan Jyoti, BJP
KaushambiVinod Sonkar, BJP
BarabankiPriyanka Singh Rawat, BJP
Faizabad Lallu Singh, BJP
BahraichSavitri Bai Phule, BJP
KaiserganjBrij Bhushan Sharan Singh, BJP
GondaKirti Vardhan Singh, BJP
West Bengal
BangaonMamata Thakur, Trinamool Congress
BarrackpurDinesh Trivedi, Trinamool Congress
HowrahPrasun Banerjee, Trinamool Congress
UluberiaSajda Ahmed, Trinamool Congress
SreerampurKalyan Banerjee, Trinamool Congress
Hooghly Dr Ratna De, Trinamool Congress
ArambagAparupa Poddar, Trinamool Congress

First Published: May 06, 2019 09:35 IST