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Published on 2/05/2019 12:50:17 PM | Source: IANS

LS phase 5: BJP faces MGB heat in 7 UP seats

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is facing a tough challenge from the Mahagathbandhan (MGB) on seven of the 12 seats in Uttar Pradesh in the next phase of the Lok Sabha polls.

Polling will be held on 14 seats, the highest so far in the state, in phase 5 on May 6. The BJP had swept this central region winning 12 seats while the Congress had retained Amethi and Rae Bareli, the Gandhi family strongholds. 

If the votes polled by the MGB constituents Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in 2014 -- when they had contested separately -- are taken into account, the BJP's road to victory will become tougher in at least seven seats which it had won last time. 

If SP and BSP are able to hold on to their committed voters, the going will be tougher for the BJP in Bahraich, Mohanlalganj, Sitapur, Kaisarganj, Kaushambhi, Banda and Dhaurahra. The BJP can effectively tackle the MGB factor in Gonda, Faizabad, Lucknow, Barabanki and Fatehpur.

The phase is crucial for the Congress as well, as fate of several of its leaders is on line, including party president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. Prominent young Congress leader Jitin Prasada is facing a tough battle in Dhaurhara, a seat he has represented twice in the past. Another senior leader P.L. Punia's son Tanuj is locked in a multi-cornered battle in Barabanki. 

However, there is a twist in political tale on some seats compared to 2014. In Bahraich, Sadhvi Savitri Bai Foole, who had won on a BJP ticket in 2014 is contesting as the Congress candidate. 

In Barabanki, the BJP has not given ticket to sitting MP Priyanka Singh Rawat and gone for MLA Upendra Rawat. The MGB has fielded four time MP Ram Sagar Rawat from this seat. 

Even though considered to be an SP stronghold, the BJP seems to have an advantage in the Barabanki battle. The party had got 45,4211 votes in 2014 compared to BSP's 1,67,150 and SP's 1,50,284. The Congress' P.L. Punia had polled 2,42,336. With Congress remaining out of MGB, it is advantage BJP.

Voting will also be held in politically sensitive Faizabad in Awadh from where the BJP has fielded sitting MP Lallu Singh, who will face tough challenge from MGB and the Congress. 

Apart from taking on the MGB in the rest of the seats, the BJP is giving tough fight to Rahul Gandhi in Amethi. Gandhi had defeated Smriti Irani of BJP by 1,07,903 votes. He had got 46.71 per cent votes and Irani polled 34.38 per cent. BSP candidate Dharmendra Pratap Singh had got 57,716. This time, it is a direct contest between Congress and the BJP. 

The battle for Sonia Gandhi, though appeared to be smooth, who had polled 5,26,434 votes and had won with a margin of over 3.5 lakh against her rivals Ajay Agrawal of the BJP and Pravesh Singh of BSP. BJP has fielded ex-Congress leader Dinesh Pratap Singh against her.

Four seats in phase 5 -- Mohanlalganj, Kaushambi, Barabanki and Bahraich -- are reserved. 

Uttar Pradesh phase 5 LS poll equation

Fatehpur (2014)

Winner- Niranjan Jyoti -- BJP -- votes polled 4,85,994

Afzal Siddiqui -- BSP -- 2,98,788

Rakesh Sachan -- SP -- 1,79,724

SP+BSP = 4,78,512

Advantage: BJP

Candidates in 2019

Niranjan Jyoti -- BJP

Rakesh Sachan -- UPA

Sukhdev Prasad Verma -- MGB

Mahesh Chandra Sahu -- PDA (Shivpal Yadav's Progressive Democratic Alliance)

Banda (2014)

Winner -- Bhairon Prasad Mishra -- BJP -- 3,42,066

Bal Kumar Patel alias Rajkumar -- SP -- 1,89,730

R.K Singh Patel -- BSP -- 2,26,278

SP+BSP = 4,16,008

Advantage: MGB

Contestants in 2019

R.K Singh Patel -- BJP

Bal Kumar Patel -- UPA

Shyama Charan Gupta -- MGB

Sunita Devi -- PDA

Lucknow (2014)

Winner: Rajnath Singh -- BJP -- 5,61,196

Rita Bahuguna -- INC -- 2,88,357

Abhishek Mishra -- SP -- 56,771

Nakul Dubey -- BSP -- 64,449

SP+BSP=1,21,220

Advantage: BJP 

Contestants in 2019

Rajnath Singh -- BJP

Poonam Sinha -- MGB

Dr. Ramesh Kumar Thukral -- PDA

Barabanki 2014

Winner: Priyanka Singh Rawat - BJP -- 4,54,211

Kamla Prasad Rawat -- BSP -- 1,67,150

P.L. Punia --INC -- 2,42,336

Rajrani Rawat -- SP -- 1,50,284

SP+BSP= 3,17,434

Advantage: BJP

Contestants in 2019

Upendra Rawat -- BJP

Tanuj Punia -- UPA

Ram Sagar Rawat -- MGB

Bahraich 2014

Winner: Sadhvi Savitri Bai Foole -- BJP -- 4,32,286

Shabbir Ahmad -- SP -- 3,36,696

Dr. Vijay Kumar - BSP -- 96904

SP+BSP= 4,33,600

Advantage: MGB

Dhaurahra (2014)

Winner: Rekhja -- BJP -- 3,60,357

Anand Bhadauriya -- SP -- 2,34,032

Daud Ahmad -- BSP -- 2,34,682

Jitin Prasad -- INC -- 1,70,994

SP+BSP= 4,68,724

Advantage: MGB

Contestants in 2019

Rekha -- BJP

Jitin Prasad -- UPA

Arshad Ahmad Siddiqui -- MGB

Malkhan Singh -- PDA

Kaisarganj 2014

Winner: Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh -- BJP -- 3,81,500

Vinod Kumar alias Pandit Singh -- SP -- 3,03,282

Krishna Kumar Ojha -- BSP -- 1,46,726

SP+BSP = 4,50,008

Advantage: MGB

Candidates in 2019

Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh -- BJP

Chandradev Ram Yadav -- MGB

Dhananjay Sharma -- PDA

Gonda (2014)

Winner: Kirti Vardhan Singh -- BJP -- 3,59,639

Nandita Shukla -- SP -- 1,99,227

Akbar Ahmad Dumpy -- BSP -- 1,16,178

SP+BSP= 3,16,005

Advantage: BJP

Contestants in 2019

Kirti Vardhan Singh -- BJP

Krishna Patel -- UPA

Vinod Kr. aka Pandit Singh -- MGB

Kutubuddin Khan alias Diamond -- PDA 

Faizabad 2014

Winner: Lallu Singh -- BJP -- 4,91,1761

Jitendra Kr. Singh ( Bablu Bhaiya) -- BSP -- 1,41,824

Mitrasen Yadav -- SP -- 2,08,986

SP+BSP= 3,50,813

Advantage: BJP

Kaushambhi 2014

Winner : Vinod Kumar Sonkar -- BJP -- 3,31,724

Shailendra Kumar -- SP -- 2,88,824

Suresh Pasi -- BSP - 2,01,322

SP+BSP= 4,90,146

Advantage: MGB

Contestants in 2019

Vinod Kr. Sonkar -- BJP

Girish Chand Pasi -- UPA

Indrajit Saroj -- MGB

Rajdev-- PDA

Mohanlalganj 2014

Winner: Kaushal Kishore -- BJP -- 4,55,274

R. K Chaudhary -- BSP -- 3,09,858

Sushila Saroj -- SP -- 2,42,366

SP+BSP= 5,52,224

Advantage: MGB

Contestants in 2019

Kaushal Kishore -- BJP

R.K Chaudhary -- UPA

C.L Verma -- MGB

Ganesh Rawat -- PDA

Sitapur 2014

Winner: Rajesh Verma -- BJP -- 4,17,546

Kaiser Jahan -- BSP 3,66,519

Bharati Tripathi -- SP -- 1,56,170

SP+BSP= 5,22,689

Adantage: MGB

Contestants in 2019

Rajesh Verma -- BJP

Kaisar Jahan -- UPA

Nakul Dubey- MGB

VIjay Kumar Mishra -- PDA

Amethi (2014)

Winner: Rahul Gandhi -- INC -- 4,08,651

Smriti Irani -- BJP -- 3,00,748

Dharmendra Pratap Singh -- BSP -- 57,716

Direct fight between Congress and BJP

Contestants in 2019

Rahul Gandhi -- INC

Smriti Irani -- BJP

Rae Bareli 2014

Winner: Sonia Gandhi -- INC -- 5,26,434

Ajay Agrawal - BJP -- 1,73,721

Pravesh Singh -- BSP -- 63,633

Contestants in 2019

Sonia Gandhi --INC

Dinesh Pratap Singh -- BJP