India Today : Apr 29, 2019, 09:35 AM
Campaigning for all the 72 Lok Sabha constituencies ended on Saturday at different times between 4 p.m and 6 p.m., 48 hours before the voting closure time at each constituency. The polling in all the 72 Lok Sabha constituencies will begin at 7 am on Monday (April 29) and continue till 5 pm at all the polling booths. A total of 943 candidates are contesting in the Lok Sabha election phase four across 72 constituencies.Campaigning for all the 72 Lok Sabha constituencies ended on Saturday at different times between 4 p.m and 6 p.m., 48 hours before the voting closure time at each constituency. A total of 943 candidates are contesting in the Lok Sabha election phase four across 72 constituencies.Nandurbar, Dhule, Dindori, Nashik (North Maharashtra), Palghar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Thane, Mumbai North, Mumbai North-West, Mumbai North-Central, Mumbai North-East, Mumbai South, Mumbai South-Central, Maval, Shirur, ShirdiThe fate of 943 candidates, including Union ministers Giriraj Singh, Subhash Bhamre, SS Ahluwalia and Babul Supriyo of the BJP and former Union ministers Salman Khurshid and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of the Congress, will be decided by about 12.79 core voters in the fourth phase.Among other key contestants in the fray are Kanhaiya Kumar (CPI), Priya Dutt (Congress), Baijayant Panda (BJP), Urmila Matondkar (Congress), Dimple Yadav (Samajwadi Party), Satabdi Roy (TMC), Upendra Kushwaha (RLSP), and Milind Deora (Congress).The stakes are high for the ruling BJP and its allies as it had swept 56 of these seats in 2014, leaving just two for the Congress and the rest for other opposition parties such as the Trinamool Congress and the Biju Janata Dal.The cynosure of all eyes in this phase, however, is the Begusarai Lok Sabha seat which will witness an electrifying contest between CPI debutant Kanhaiya Kumar taking on firebrand BJP leader and Union minister Giriraj Singh.In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had swept Madhya Pradesh but lost it to the Congress in December 2018. Hence, the Lok Sabha election in Madhya Pradesh will be a prestige battle for Chief Minister Kamal Nath who took over the reins of the state in December 2018 after the assembly elections.The Congress would be looking to continue to hold the state in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.This Lok Sabha election, NCP chief Sharad Pawar's grandnephew Parth Pawar Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot son, Vaibhav Gehlot are making their electoral debuts. While Parth Pawar is contesting from Maval Lok Sabha constituency, Vaibhav Gehlot has been pitted against sitting Jodhpur MP and Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.Ashok Gehlot's predecessor Vasundhara Raje's son Dushyant Singh is seeking re-election from Jhalawar-Baran Lok Sabha constituency. Raje had also won the constituency five times.In Uttar Pradesh, the fourth phase will include most of the seats in Bundelkhand region that are highly dominated by agrarian issues.In this region, the BJP is facing a strong challenge from the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) combine this time. Kanpur and Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh are also going to polls in the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha election 2019.BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi who won from the Kanpur seat in 2014 has not been fielded this year. The BJP has fielded Satyadev Pachauri from Kanpur seat.Lok Sabha Election to 542 parliamentary constituencies is being conducted in seven phases between April 11 and May 19. The Lok Sabha election 2019 result will be declared on May 23.