Lok Sabha Elections 2019: 69 lakh voters to elect 4 MPs in two phases in Seeman…

For the first time, Seemanchal region, comprising four parliamentary constituencies, will go to Lok Sabha polls in two phases scheduled for April 18 and 23.

About 69 lakh voters will exercise their franchise in the four districts to elect their members of Parliament. Polling in Katihar, Kishanganj and Purnia Parliamentary constituencies is slated to be held on April 18 while Araria will go to polls on April 23.

The 68,61,506 voters consisting of 38, 57,905 males and 30, 03,601 female voters will cast their votes at 6774 polling stations.

Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), which had fielded candidates on all four seats in 2014, had failed to open its account in the region. However, its present ally JD-U had won Purnia seat, defeating BJP’s two time MP, Uday Singh alias Pappu Singh. With the JD (U) now in NDA and the chances of Singh getting ticket to re-contest from the seat grim, he has turn rebellious announcing that he would fight Purnia LS seat as an independent even if he is denied party ticket.

Though BJP hasn’t taken a call on him yet, Singh has already started campaigning in Purnia. Congress insiders said that Singh may get Congress ticket to contest the seat.

Tariq Anwar of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) had in October last year returned to Congress after 19 years. He represents Katihar and in all likelihood he will get Congress ticket to reclaim the seat. “It’s my homecoming. The voters are happy with my decision. Misleading people over Rafael deal and rising attacks on Kashmiri people are the two core issues in India today and I am going to raise these issues during elections,” he said while campaigning in his constituency.

Seemanchal, meanwhile, has witnessed deaths of two MPs between 2014 and 2019. While Md Taslimuddin of RJD died in September 2017, Kishanganj Congress MP Maulana Asrar-ul Haque died in December 2018.

Araria LS by-poll was held in March last year in which Md Taslimuddin’s eldest son Sarfaraz Alam of RJD had defeated BJP’s Pradeep Kumar Singh.

Now with the election dates announced, Sarafarz is back to the voters, seeking their votes for a second stint. Unlike last year, he is still relying on his father’s legacy to win over the voters. “I have done a lot of work for the people in the one year period of my term and I am sure people will vote in my favour.” He, however, refrained from making any comments on the ongoing feud in his extended family that is likely to affect their poll prospects.

In Kishanganj Congress MLA Javed is believed to be the strong contender for the party ticket after the death of Congress MP Maulana Asrar-ul- Haque. He is meeting people and campaigning but is tightlipped over his candidature.

Meanwhile, both NDA and Grand Alliance (GA) leaders have intensified their travel schedules in their constituencies to leave no chances.

However, going by the public mood in Seemanchal, they don’t seem to be happy with the performances of their MPs. “Their performance chart is in our hands now. We will decide their fate now,” said a voter in Purnia.

First Published:
Mar 12, 2019 13:16 IST

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