Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will see its seventh and final phase on Sunday (May 19). 59 constituencies are in the fray during the final phase, in which 8 seats are from Bihar, 3 seats from Jharkhand, 8 seats from Madhya Pradesh, 13 seats from Punjab, 9 seats from West Bengal, 1 seat from Chandigarh, 13 seats from Uttar Pradesh and 4 seats from Himachal Pradesh.
Some important political leaders from major parties will be fighting polls from some of these constituencies in the LS Polls 2019. In some other seats, the battle will be nail-biting to watch with popular politicians challenging each other. Here we look at some such political battles which will be of high importance during the seventh phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
PM Narendra Modi (BJP) vs Ajay Rai (Congress) in Varanasi
PM Narendra Modi is going to contest only from one constituency this time which is of Varanasi. PM Modi currently holds the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, which he won against nearest rival Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal in 2014. Unlike the Modi wave this time, PM will be fighting against Congress’ Ajay Rai, who is a five-time MLA from Uttar Pradesh. Contesting
Lok Sabha Polls on Congress ticket this time, Rai has switched parties multiple times and was a BJP leader in the past. He too contested from Varanasi on Congress ticket during 2014 Lok Sabha Elections but lost. While PM is among favourites to win, it will be interesting to see the effect on vote share of Prime Minister in Varanasi.
Shatrughan Sinha (Congress) vs Ravi Shankar Prasad (BJP) in Patna Sahib
Former BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha has changed his political association this time and is going to contest elections on a Congress ticket from Patna Sahib Constituency in Bihar. Sinha will be facing Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is the Union Minister of Law and Justice and Electronics and Information Technology. Sinha managed victory on the seat in 2009 and 2014 Lok Sabha Polls being a BJP leader. Sinha also bagged more than 50 per cent of vote share both the times. (57.3% in 2009 and 55.04% in 2014).
The battle will be a tough one with Sinha having Bollywood fan following on one side and Prasad having the great political experience on the other. Will Sinha be able to create a hat-trick of victories on Patna Sahib seat or not will be exciting to know.
Kirron Kher (BJP) vs Pawan Kumar Bansal (Congress) in Chandigarh
BJP’s Kirron Kher and Congress’ Pawan Kumar Bansal are the two important rivals who will face each other at Chandigarh constituency in Lok Sabha Polls 2019. Since 2004, Chandigarh saw Congress’ Bansal clinching victory on the seat. He again emerged victorious in 2009 but was defeated by Kirron Kher in 2014. Bollywood actor Kher defeated him on a BJP ticket in 2014 and managed vote share of 42.20 per cent, while Bansal being at 26.8 per cent. Will Kher be able to defend her seat in Chandigarh this time? This will be something not to miss.
Sunny Deol (BJP) vs Sunil Jakhar (Congress) in Gurdaspur
Bollywood icon popular as action hero Sunny Deol is fighting from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha Constituency of Punjab in Lok Sabha Polls 2019. With his debut into politics, Deol surprised many as fans had no idea about his plans of venturing into politics.
Since Gurdaspur’s inception in 2009 as Lok Sabha Constituency, BJP fielded late Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna on the seat. In 2009, Khanna lost to Congress rival Partap Singh Bajwa, but the former won in 2014. After Khanna’s death in 2017, Congress leader Sunil Kumar Jakhar won the seat in by-elections with over 58 per cent of vote share. Jhakhar is head of Congress Party in Punjab and therefore is a very powerful personality among voters.
While Congress has allowed Jakhar to show his might on Gurdaspur seat in LS Polls 2019 like that of 2017 by-elections, BJP has again pushed a Bollywood play-card with Sunny Deol as the party face. How Sunny Deol performs in his political debut and will Jakhar repeats his 2017 by-election heroics, will be something to watch out for.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal (SAD) vs Amrinder Singh Raja Warring (Congress) in Bhatinda
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal currently holds the Bhatinda Lok Sabha Seat and she will be again contesting on the seat this time. In 2014 LS Polls, Badal defeated Congress rival Manpreet Singh Badal by a close margin of about 20,000 votes. This time, Badal has a different rival in the form of Congress leader Amrinder Singh Raja Warring.
Even newly formed Punjab Ekta Party (PEP) founder and AAP rebel Sukhpal Singh Khaira is also contesting on the Bhatinda seat. Raja Warring is a former Youth Congress leader and two-time MLA. Like last time, Bhatinda may again see a close completion of vote share this time around and how the figures come out exactly will be an interesting event to look out for.