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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Key seats in heartland vote in power-packed phase 5 of Lok Sabha polls

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAbhishek Jha
May 09, 2020 05:39 PM IST

The BJP won all 25 seats in Rajasthan in the 2014 elections. Given the Congress victory in the 2018 assembly elections, a repeat seems unlikely.

Fifty one parliamentary constituencies (PCs) are voting today in the fifth, and the smallest phase of the 2019 general elections. Barring seven PCs in West Bengal and Anantnag and Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, this phase of election is entirely in Hindi speaking states.

People queue up at a polling station in Lucknow during phase five of Lok Sabha elections.(Deepak Gupta/HT photo)
People queue up at a polling station in Lucknow during phase five of Lok Sabha elections.(Deepak Gupta/HT photo)

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A 2019 phase-wise classification of PCs by 2014 results shows that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its other National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners had the highest seat share in the PCs which are going to polls today.

The NDA won 41 out of the 51 seats in 2014, 27 more than its 2009 tally.

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The BJP’s share in seats contested by the NDA was also highest in the seats that poll today. It fought all seats, except Hajipur and Sitamarhi in Bihar, going to polls and won 39 of them. The BJP is contesting the same 49 PCs in 2019 which it had contested in 2014.

 

It will not be easy for the BJP and its allies to replicate their 2014 performance in 2019.

The BJP won all 25 PCs in Rajasthan in the 2014 elections. Given the Congress victory in the 2018 assembly elections, a repeat seems unlikely.

A total of 12 constituencies in Rajasthan are going to polls on Monday.

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In four of the six states (Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Jammu & Kashmir) other than Rajasthan where seats polling today are located, the BJP has either lost a recent assembly election or is faced with a more united opposition.

Seven out of the ten PCs polling today which the NDA could not win are in West Bengal. The party’s median vote share gap with the winner in these seven seats was 23.9%.

The other two, Rae Bareli and Amethi in Uttar Pradesh are being contested by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi with the tacit support of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party. Anantnag, where the three-phase polling will conclude today, is located in the Kashmir valley, where the BJP has not had much support until now.

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Constituency Sitting MP
Bihar
Sitamarhi Ram Kumar Sharma, RLSP
Madhubani Chaudhary Hukumdev Narayan Yadav, BJP
Muzaffarpur Ajay Nishad, BJP
Saran Rajiv Pratap Rudy, BJP
Hajipur Ramvilas Paswan, LJP
Jammu and Kashmir
Ladakh Thupstan Chhewang, BJP
Anantnag Seat is vacant (PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti quit after becoming CM of the state)
Madhya Pradesh
Tikamgarh Virendra Kumar Khatik, BJP
Damoh Prahalad Singh Patel, BJP
Khajuraho Nagendra Singh, BJP
Satna Ganesh Singh
Rewa Janardan Mishra, BJP
Hoshangabad Uday Pratap Singh
Betul  Jyoti Dhurve, BJP
Rajasthan
Ganganagar Nihalchand Meghwal, BJP
Bikaner Arun Ram Meghwal, BJP
Churu Rahul Kaswan, BJP
Jhunjhunu  Santosh Ahlawat, BJP
Sikar Sumedhanand Saraswati, BJP
Jaipur Rural Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, BJP
Jaipur Ramcharan Bohara, BJP
Alwar Chand Nath, BJP
Bharatpur Bahadur Singh, BJP
Karauli-Dholpur Manoj Rajoria, BJP
Dausa Harish Chandra Meena, BJP
Nagaur  C R Choudhary, BJP
Constituency Sitting MP
Jharkhand
Kodarma Ravindra Kumar Ray, BJP
Ranchi Ram Tahal Choudhary, BJP
Khunti Kariya Munda, BJP
Hazaribagh Jayant Sinha, BJP
Uttar Pradesh
Dharuhera Rekha Verma, BJP
Sitapur Rajesh Verma, BJP
Mohanlalganj Kaushal Kishore, BJP
Lucknow Rajnath Singh, BJP
Rae Bareli Sonia Gandhi, Congress
Amethi Rahul Gandhi, Congress
Banda Bhairon Prasad Mishra, BJP
Fatehpur Niranjan Jyoti, BJP
Kaushambi Vinod Sonkar, BJP
Barabanki Priyanka Singh Rawat, BJP
Faizabad  Lallu Singh, BJP
Bahraich Savitri Bai Phule, BJP
Kaiserganj Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, BJP
Gonda Kirti Vardhan Singh, BJP
West Bengal
Bangaon Mamata Thakur, Trinamool Congress
Barrackpur Dinesh Trivedi, Trinamool Congress
Howrah Prasun Banerjee, Trinamool Congress
Uluberia Sajda Ahmed, Trinamool Congress
Sreerampur Kalyan Banerjee, Trinamool Congress
Hooghly  Dr Ratna De, Trinamool Congress
Arambag Aparupa Poddar, Trinamool Congress
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