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April 18: The contests of interest in Phase II

95 seats will vote across 11 states and a Union territory

By The Telegraph in New Delhi
  • Published 17.04.19, 7:58 PM
  • Updated 17.04.19, 10:18 PM
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Polling officials collect EVMs and other election material for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections at a distribution centre in Nalbari, Assam, on April 17. PTI

In the second phase of voting on April 18, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka will witness some key contests. Voting will happen in 95 Lok Sabha seats across 11 states and one Union territory. Here are some names and contests to watch out for. 

The contest: Jitendra Singh (BJP) vs Vikramaditya Singh (Congress)

Seat: Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir

Interest quotient: Sitting MP and Union minister Jitendra Singh will fight on the plank of nationalism against Vikramaditya Singh, the Rajput grandson of Hari Singh, the last maharaja of Kashmir. Jitendra had won against senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad in 2014. Will he deliver minus the Modi wave?

Bangalore South BJP candidate Tejasvi Surya campaigning on April 11.
Bangalore South BJP candidate Tejasvi Surya campaigning on April 11. PTI

The contest: Tejasvi Surya (BJP) vs B.K. Hariprasad (Congress)

Seat: Bangalore South, Karnataka

Interest quotient: Surya, 28, is the BJP’s youngest candidate. The millennial Modi fan boy is contesting from a seat that BJP’s Ananth Kumar won six times. Surya’s fight is against Congress veteran Hariprasad, who at 65 is a multi-term Rajya Sabha MP. He lost to Ananth Kumar from Bangalore South in 1999.

The contest: M. Veerappa Moily (Congress) vs B.N. Bache Gowda (BJP)

Seat: Chikkaballapur, Karnataka

Interest quotient: Considered a traditional Congress constituency, Moily struggled to wrestle the seat from Gowda last time barely scraping through with a difference of 9,520 votes. Whether Moily gets to keep his seat or not is to be seen.

The contest: Pritam Gopinathrao Munde (BJP) vs Bajrang Manohar Sonwane (NCP)

Seat: Beed, Maharashtra

Interest quotient: The daughter of the late Gopinath Munde, who died a week after BJP came to power in 2014, won the bypoll by a huge margin of 6.96 lakh votes. Will she win again? How big would the win be?

A. Raja on the day he was acquitted in the @G telecom case.
A. Raja on the day he was acquitted in the @G telecom case. Telegraph file photo

The contest: A. Raja (DMK) vs M. Thiyagarajan (AIADMK)

Seat: Nilgiris (ST), Tamil Nadu

Interest quotient: A. Raja, charged in the 2G scam, was imprisoned but later acquitted. This is his first Lok Sabha contest after that.

The contest: Karti Chidambaram (Congress) vs H. Raja (BJP)

Seat: Sivaganga, Tamil Nadu

Interest quotient: Father P. Chidambaram won the seat seven times, then lost in 2014. Karti is contesting at a time when he faces a money laundering case. H. Raja is seen as a polarising face who had suggested bringing down Periyar’s statues.

Kanimozhi at a rally in Thoothukudi with nephew Udhayanidhi Stalin (right) on April 3.
Kanimozhi at a rally in Thoothukudi with nephew Udhayanidhi Stalin (right) on April 3. (PTI)

The contest: Kanimozhi ( DMK) and Tamilisai Sounderrarajan ( BJP)

Seat: Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu

Interest quotient: Days before the polls, a tax raid at the DMK leader’s house raised the suspicion of intimidation. M Karunanidhi’s daughter will face BJP state president Sounderrarajan. The death in police firing of 14 protesters seeking the closure of Sterlite Copper last year is the biggest issue here.

BJP candidate from Mathura, actress Hema Malini, with husband Dharmendra during an election rally in the constituency on Sunday.
BJP candidate from Mathura, actress Hema Malini, with husband Dharmendra during an election rally in the constituency on Sunday. (PTI)

The contest: Hema Malini (BJP) vs Kunwar Narendra Singh (RLD)

Seat: Mathura, Uttar Pradesh

Interest quotient: The actress-turned-politician was recently ridiculed for her photos where she was pretending to harvest crops. The Jat farmer community is miffed with the Modi government and might make a return to RLD here.

Deepa Das Munshi during Holi in Raiganj.
Deepa Das Munshi during Holi in Raiganj. Telegraph file photo

The contest: Deepa Das Munshi (Congress), Md. Salim (CPM), Debasree Chaudhuri (BJP) and Kanaialal Agarwal (Trinamul)

Seat: Raiganj, West Bengal

Interest quotient: Salim won in 2014 by a razor-thin margin of 1,634 votes. Deepa almost lost the chance to contest when the Congress and the Left tried to cobble together a tie-up in Bengal that didn’t happen in the end. Raiganj is hosting a four-cornered contest with formidable candidates. The BJP has fielded Debasree Chaudhuri and the Trinamul face is Kanaialal Agarwal.