5 Key Constituencies Of Lok Sabha Phase - IV
The key state of Uttar Pradesh, which sends 80 MPs to the parliament, will see elections to 13 seats. West Bengal and Odisha, where the BJP is eyeing to maximise its gains to compensate the possible loss in the Hindi belt, will also see elections to eight and six seats respectively.
With just a day left for campaigning, the country's major political parties are all set to witness one of the most important phases of the Lok Sabha elections. Although, only 71 seats across 9 states will go to polls – the lowest number in any phase so far – it will see interesting contests in many states.
The key state of Uttar Pradesh, which sends 80 MPs to the parliament, will see elections to 13 seats. West Bengal and Odisha, where the BJP is eyeing to maximise its gains to compensate for the possible loss in the Hindi belt, will also see elections to eight and six seats, respectively.
Here are the five most important seats which are set to see interesting contests on April 29th.
1. Begusarai, Bihar: One of the most discussed seats in these elections will see a triangular contest between CPI’s Kanhaiya Kumar, BJP’s Giriraj Singh, and RJD’s Tanveer Hassan.
Kanhaiya Kumar shot to fame after he was accused of sedition for allegedly raising ‘anti-national’ slogans in the JNU campus in February 2016. He has a direct fight with Giriraj Singh, who is contesting on a BJP ticket. He was a Union Minister in the cabinet and represented the Nawada seat after 2014 elections. There were reports that he never wanted to contest from this seat but since the JDU, BJP and LJP formed an alliance in Bihar, he was forced to contest from Begusarai this time.
RJD has given a ticket to a Muslim candidate, Tanveer Hassan. He is considered to be a strong candidate with sway over the Muslim voters in the constituency.
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2. Asansol, West Bengal: This is one of the two seats where the saffron party was successful in making a few inroads. The seat is currently represented by the BJP’s star candidate, Babul Supriyo, who is up against Mamata’s close aide, Moon Moon Sen.
This seat has seven assembly segments, of which five are with the TMC and the other two are represented by the CPM.
Supriyo won this seat last time with the margin of 75,000 votes and is seeking to repeat the feat this time. However, it won’t be a cakewalk for the BJP as Sen is a woman on a mission. After defeating the nine-time MP Basudeb Acharia, she has been entrusted with the task of taking on Supriyo this time.
This seat was rocked by communal riots last year, killing 2 people and since then, the seat has seen a sharp communal division which can spell trouble for the TMC. The BJP is looking to snatch some votes from the CPI (M) which got around 22% votes in the last elections. This time, the left has given a ticket to a local candidate in Gouranga Chatterjee.
3. Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh: This seat has been a Congress bastion since 1957 and survived the onslaught of the Modi wave in 2014. Current CM Kamal Nath has represented this seat nine times since 1980 and is looking to use this election as an opportunity to launch his son, Nakul Nath. Except in the year 1997, when the BJP’s Sundar Lal Patwa won this seat, the Congress has never lost.
This time, the BJP has given a ticket to a tribal leader Nathan Shah who faces an uphill task in this Congress bastion.
Interestingly, both father and son are fighting elections from Chhindwara, this time. Kamal Nath is fighting an assembly by-poll from this seat as he is currently the CM and did not fight the assembly elections in 2018.
4. Unnao, Uttar Pradesh: This seat has seen a high number of upper-caste Hindu voters which helped the BJP win this seat in 2014. Like many other seats in the Uttar Pradesh, this seat will also see a triangular contest between the BJP, Congress and Samajwadi party. All three parties have repeated their candidates this time.
The BJP has given a ticket to the incumbent MP Sakshi Maharaj, whereas Congress has given a ticket to the ex-MP Annu Tandon, who won this seat in 2009 with more than three-lakh votes. The SP has shown its trust in Arun Kumar Shukla who has come second in this seat in the last three elections.
The BJP’s candidate, Sakshi Maharaj has several controversies in the past. From lecturing Hindu woman to birth at least four children to his statements on cow lynching, the MP will face a tough contest this time.
5. Mumbai South, Maharashtra: One of the most affluent seats of the financial capital will see a direct fight between the Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant and the Congress’s Milind Deora.
In 2014, the BJP’s ally, the Shiv Sena was able to defeat the Congress by more than one lakh votes, thanks to the dipping performance of another local force, the MNS. Deora, who is known to be a close aide of the Gandhi family, is the son of Congress stalwart- Murli Deora. He represented this seat for 10 years from 2004 to 2014.
This year, his candidature has been endorsed by industrialist Mukesh Ambani and Uday Kotak, surprising many. Deora is banking on the local anti-incumbency factor against the sitting MP Sawant. He is also expected to be helped by back to back rallies of MNS chief Raj Thackeray, who is asking people to vote against the BJP-SS alliance in these elections.