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LS polls: preliminary round to choose 58 seats

Many prominent members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Rao Inderjit Singh, business magnate Navin Jindal, and former chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, will find out their destiny in the last round of vote on Saturday for the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections. There are up to 889 candidates running in 58 parliamentary seats that are dispersed over 8 states and U.T. The BJP has selected six fresh candidates to run against Congress and AAP candidates in seven national capital seats, where the stakes are high for the party.

 

In the Sambalpur local seat, BJD candidate Pranab Prakash Das faces up against Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan. Rao Inderjit Singh, a different Union minister, is contesting from the Gurgaon seat in Haryana. Former chief minister of Haryana, Maneka Gandhi, is running from Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh; steel magnate Naveen Jindal is running from Kurukshetra.

Mehbooba Mufti, the leader of the PDP and the former chief minister of J&K, is running from Anantnag-Rajouri; Dinesh Lal Nirahua, a former actor from Bhojpur who is running from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh; Abhijeet Gangopadhyay, a former judge, is running from West Bengal’s Tamluk LS seat; actor Manoj Tiwari is running from Delhi North East; lawyer-turned-politician Bansuri Swaraj is running from New Delhi for the BJP.

More than 11.13 crore voters—5.84 crore men, 5.29 crore women, and 5120 members of the third gender—are qualified to cast ballots. At 1.14 lakh polling places, the Election Commission has stationed almost 11.4 lakh poll workers. The poll Commission (EC) has instructed poll officials and state apparatus to take appropriate action to mitigate the negative effects of the heat wave that is affecting a significant portion of India.

The survey panel also exhorted voters to cast their ballots responsibly and with pride, as well as in larger numbers. It specifically reminded people of their “right and duty to vote and break the trend of urban apathy” in metropolitan areas like as Delhi, Gurugram, and Faridabad. In the 49 seats that were up for election on May 20, 62.2% of voters participated in the fifth round of voting.

Voting in West Bengal will take place throughout five districts in the Jangal Mahal area, a tribal zone. This area, which is known for its identity politics, has eight MPs in the Lok Sabha, representing the seats of Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Jhargram, Medinipur, Purulia, Bankura, and Bishnupur. In the 2019 elections, the TMC secured three seats while the BJP won five of the eight available.

Suvendu Adhikari’s brother, Soumendu Adhikari, has been fielded from Kanthi, which is thought to be the senior BJP leader’s home district. In Tamluk, TMC’s youthful Turk Debangshu Bhattacharya, best known for penning the party’s hit song “Khela Hobe,” is running against retired Calcutta High Court judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay on a BJP ticket. Sultanpur, Pratapgarh, Phulpur, Allahabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Shrawasti, Domariyaganj, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Lalganj, Azamgarh, Jaunpur, Machhlishahr, and Bhadohi are the Uttar Pradesh seats that will be put to vote.

Maneka Gandhi, a BJP candidate from Sultanpur, is running for the eighth time in the Lok Sabha. The former Union minister is facing up against Uday Raj Verma of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Ram Bhual Nishad of the Samajwadi Party.

In Azamgarh, incumbent MP Dinesh Lal Yadav Nirahua will face up against Dharmendra Yadav of the Samajwadi Party in an attempt to hold onto the seat for the BJP. Former Maharashtra minister Kripashankar Singh of the BJP will face incumbent BSP MP Shyam Singh Yadav and Samajwadi Party candidate Babu Singh Khushwaha in Jaunpur.

In Jharkhand, voters in the seats of Giridih, Dhanbad, Ranchi, and Jamshedpur total around 82.16 lakh, of which 40.09 lakh are women. Yashaswini Sahay, a Congress candidate from Ranchi and the daughter of former Union minister Subodh Kant Sahay, is running against MP Sanjay Seth of the BJP. The Congresswoman Anupama Singh, who is married to Kumar Jaimangal, and the BJP’s Baghmara MLA Dulu Mahato are set to square off in a straight contest in Dhanbad.

Distinguished applicants

Leading figures are engaged in the Lok Sabha election battle in this phase: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti and Deepender Singh Hooda; Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Rao Inderjit Singh, and Krishan Pal Gurjar; Maneka Gandhi, Sambit Patra, Manohar Lal Khattar, and Manoj Tiwari; and Raj Babbar and Kanhaiya Kumar of the Congress.

Bihar

40 chairs in total. 6th phase seats: 8

The destiny of 86 candidates vying for seats in Valmikinagar, Paschim Champaran, Purvi Champaran, Gopalganj, Siwan, Maharajganj, Vaishali, and Sheohar will be determined by almost 1.5 crore people. The JD (U) has put up candidates for four seats, including Sheohar, which the BJP previously won. However, the BJP is running for three of the eight available seats. The LJP (RV), led by Chirag Paswan, has put up a candidate for one seat. RJD is running for five seats from the opposition “INDIA” group, Congress for two seats, and VIP for one seat.

Jalpaiguri

14 seats in total, 4 seats in the sixth phase

On Saturday, elections will be held in the seats of Giridih, Dhanbad, Ranchi, and Jamshedpur. Even though the region is predominantly Kurmi (backward), Dhanbad is seeing a contest between forward and backward candidates for the first time. The Congress has nominated Anupama Singh, the wife of incumbent Bremo MLA Jaimangal Singh, while the BJP has fielded Dhulu Mahto, a Baghmara MLA, in an attempt to court the Kurmi community. It’s interesting to see that both contenders are depending on caste relations.

State of Odisha

21 seats in total, 6 slots in the sixth phase

In the third phase of elections in Odisha and the sixth phase in India, six parliamentary constituencies—Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Puri, and Sambalpur—as well as 42 assembly seats falling under these Lok Sabha segments will be decided. In order to guarantee a seamless voting process, the poll office said that 42 Assembly Supervising Officers, classified as extra SPs with striking power, and five IPS officers of ASP rank had been deployed for the districts of Sambalpur, Khurda, Keonjhar, and Cuttack.

Bengal Occidental

42 chairs in total. Sixth phase seats: six

The BJP is making a strong effort to hold onto its higher share of five seats in the eight constituencies that will be voting. Additionally casting a ballot is Nandigram, which is a part of the Tamluk Lok Sabha constituency. After a BJP supporter was slain in a fight a few days ago, the mood in the region grew severe. Five districts that make up the Jangal Mahal tribal territory will also cast ballots. Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Jhargram, Medinipur, Purulia, Bankura, and Bishnupur seats are included in the area. The TMC won three and the BJP won five in 2019. 1.45 crore persons are eligible to vote, including 73.63 lakh males, 71.70 lakh women, and 133 members of the third gender.

Delhi

Seven chairs in total. Sixth phase seats: 7

There are 162 contenders running in the national capital’s seven parliamentary seats, including BJP candidates Manoj Tiwari and Bansuri Swaraj, Aam Aadmi Party candidates Somnath Bharti and Kuldeep Kumar, and Congress candidates Kanhaiya Kumar and JP Agarwal. There are 1.52 crore eligible voters nationwide. On election day, a sizable contingent of law enforcement officials will be positioned at many sites. For the previous 83 days, the candidates of all the main parties had been actively campaigning in the city in an effort to win over votes. This time around, the city saw a distinctive election campaign that came to a close on Thursday night.

State of Haryana

Ten chairs in total. Sixth phase seats: ten

On Saturday, there will be by-elections for the Karnal assembly bypoll and ten Lok Sabha seats. There will be a decision made over 223 applicants, including Congressman Kumari Selja and former chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar. There will soon be a campaign with four contenders: the incumbent BJP, Congress, INLD, and Jannayak Janta Party (JJP). For the first time, the Congress has partnered with the AAP. The AAP will fight from Kurukshetra, while Congress will compete for nine seats. Abhay Chautala of the INLD is running against Sushil Gupta of the INDIA bloc from Kurukshetra. The BJP candidate is Naveen Jindal. More than 35,000 police will be deployed, according to the police.

Uttar Pradesh

Eighty total seats; fourteen in the sixth phase

The second-last leg of the UP elections, which spans 14 seats, is deeply ingrained in Uttar Pradesh’s Purvanchal, adorned with the legacies of a few well-known people and characterized by the widespread influence of the mafia and musclemen on the electoral process. Sultanpur, Pratapgarh, Phulpur, Allahabad, Ambedkarnagar, Shrawasti, Dumariyaganj, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Lalganj (SC), Azamgarh, Jaunpur, Machhlishahr (SC), and Bhadohi are among the fourteen constituencies that are included in this last phase.

J & K

1 seat overall and 1 spot in the sixth phase

It is now unclear whether the poll percentage in the Anantnag-Rajouri Lok Sabha constituency would follow the trend and witness record voter participation from the post- or pre-militancy period, after the record voter turnout in the Jammu & Kashmiri constituencies of Srinagar and Baramulla. There are twenty contenders overall, but the primary race is between Mehbooba Mufti of the PDP, Mian Altaf of the NC Gujjar Party, and Zafar Manhas of the Apni Party Pahari.

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