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Business News/ Politics / News/  Lok Sabha Elections 2024: From Jammu to Wayanad — key candidates and battles to look out for in Phase 2 voting
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Lok Sabha Elections 2024: From Jammu to Wayanad — key candidates and battles to look out for in Phase 2 voting

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Phase 2 voting: Wayanad is set to witness a three-cornered fight between Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, BJP's K Surendran and CPI's Annie Raja. Check out other key constituencies that are set to witness a tough battle on April 26.

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Phase 2 voting: Polling officials carry electronic voting machines on the eve of the second phase of Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha election, at Noida phase-2 Phool Mandi, Sector 88, in Noida, India, on Thursday, April 25. (PTI)Premium
Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Phase 2 voting: Polling officials carry electronic voting machines on the eve of the second phase of Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha election, at Noida phase-2 Phool Mandi, Sector 88, in Noida, India, on Thursday, April 25. (PTI)

The voting for the second phase of the Lok Sabha Elections 2024 are scheduled to be held on Friday, April 26. As many as 1,202 candidates will be contesting the polls in Phase 2 of the Lok Sabha elections 2024 on Friday. 

The key candidates in Phase 2 polls include Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Shashi Tharoor, BJP's youth icon Tejasvi Surya and Union minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar . There are four candidates from the Outer Manipur parliamentary constituency.

In Phase 2, elections will be held for 88 Lok Sabha seats spread across 13 states and Union Territories (UTs). The Election Commission (EC) said earlier this month that after the scrutiny of 2,633 nominations filed, 1,428 nominations were found to be valid.

"In phase 2, Kerala has a maximum of 500 nominations from 20 Parliamentary Constituencies, followed by 491 nominations from 14 PCs in Karnataka. A minimum of 14 nominations were received from one PC in Tripura...," the commission added.

Here are the key candidates and battles to look out for:

> Kerala

1. Wayanad: Rahul Gandhi Vs K Surendran Vs Annie Raja

Will the Congress' Rahul Gandhi be able to retain Wayanad in the 2024 election? Wayanad has been a stronghold of the grand old party. Rahul Gandhi, who is a sitting MP from Wayanad, will fight for the same seat in the 2024 polls. He will contest against the Kerala Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief K Surendran and CPI leader Annie Raja. The contest in Wayanad has been deemed a prestige battle for Gandhi.

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2. Thiruvananthapuram: Shashi Tharoor Vs Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor is fighting to retain dominance in Kerala's capital. He is in the fray against BJP leader and Union minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar. The BJP's move to field Chandrasekhar has made Thiruvananthapuram one of the keenly watched political battlefields in the country. Shashi Tharoor is currently representing the Thiruvananthapuram constituency for the third time.

3. Pathanamthitta: Antony Vs Antony

Former Congress leader and BJP candidate Anil Antony is in the fray against the sitting MP and UDF candidate Anto Antony. Anto is a three-term MP from Pathanamthitta. Meanwhile, Anil is the son of former Union minister and Congress veteran AK Antony.

3. Attingal: V Muraleedharan Vs Adoor Prakash

Union Minister and BJP candidate V Muraleedharan will fight against the UDF's sitting MP Adoor Prakash. Prakash had won the Attingal seat in 2019.

4. Alappuzha: KC Venugopal Vs AM Ariff Vs Shobha Surendran

KC Venugopal, the AICC organisational secretary, is up against sitting MP and senior CPI(M) leader AM Ariff and BJPs state vice-president Shobha Surendran.

> Uttar Pradesh:

1. Mathura: Hema Malini Vs Mukesh Dhangar

Actor-turned-politician Hema Malini is seeking a third successive term as Lok Sabha MP from Mathura. She has been pitted against OBC leader Mukesh Dhangar of the Congress, the nominee of the opposition INDIA bloc, and Chaudhary Suresh Singh of the BSP.

2. Meerut: Arun Govil Vs Devvrat Kumar Tyagi Vs Sunita Verma

Arun Govil, who played the role of Lord Rama in the famed TV serial Ramayan, is contesting from Meerut, on a BJP ticket. He is making his electoral debut against the BSP's Devvrat Kumar Tyagi and SP's Sunita Verma. Govil replaced three-time MP Rajendra Agarwal, who has been holding the Meerut seat since 2004.

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3. Ghaziabad: Danish Ali Vs Kanwar Singh Tanwar

The Congress has fielded Danish Ali from Amroha. He will fight against BJP candidate Kanwar Singh Tanwar. The Amroha constituency is one of the most anticipated seats in Uttar Pradesh. The BSP, on the other hand, has fielded Mujahid Hussain from the seat.

Danish Ali, who won the seat on a BSP ticket in the 2019 elections, has been fielded on a Congress ticket this time. He joined the Congress party in the national capital on March 20.

ALSO READ: Lok Sabha polls phase 2: UP's 8 constituencies to witness 3-cornered fight; Hema Malini, Arun Govil among key candidates

> Karnataka

1. Bengaluru South: Tejasvi Surya Vs Soumya Reddy

Bangalore South has been a bastion of the BJP. The party has never tasted defeat here since 1991. This year, the spotlight is on the intense competition between BJP youth icon Tejasvi Surya and Soumya Reddy. Reddy is vying to claim the parliamentary seat for the Congress.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP's sitting MP Tejasvi Surya secured victory with a significant margin of 27.87 per cent against the Congress' BK Hariprasad and became the youngest BJP MP in the Lok Sabha. The late Ananth Kumar was elected to the Lok Sabha six times from this seat.

2. Mandya: HD Kumaraswamy Vs Venkataramane Gowda

Former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy of the JD(S) is facing Venkataramane Gowda of the Congress.

3. Bengaluru Rural: DK Suresh Vs HD Deve Gowda's son-in-law Manjunath

DK Suresh, the brother of Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar, is running for another term from the Bengaluru Rural seat on a Congress ticket. He is set to contest against the BJP's CN Manjunath. Manjunath is the son-in-law of JDS supremo and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda.

ALSO READ: Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Phase two: Karnataka's key constituencies, candidates to look out for in polling on April 26

> Bihar

1. Kishanganj: Mohd Javed Vs Mujahid Alam Vs Akhtarul Iman

Kishanganj is Bihar’s only parliamentary constituency where Muslims are in the majority. It is set to witness a three-cornered contest between Congress MP Mohd Javed, JD(U) runner-up of 2019 Mujahid Alam and Akhtarul Iman of the AIMIM, who had made a splash five years ago by garnering close to three lakh votes.

2. Purnea: Pappu Yadav Vs Santosh Kushwaha

Purnea is set to witness a three-cornered battle with JD(U) MP Santosh Kushwaha aiming to clinch a hat-trick. He will face a stiff challenge from three-time former MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, who is contesting as an Independent, and RJD’s Bima Bharti, an MLA who recently crossed over from the chief minister’s party.

3. Katihar: Tariq Anwar Vs Dulal Chandra Goswami

In Katihar, former Union minister and Congress leader Tariq Anwar will be trying to wrest the constituency from JD(U)’s Dulal Chandra Goswami, to whom he had lost by a thin margin last time.

4. Bhagalpur: Ajeet Sharma Vs Ajay Mandal

The Congress is contesting the Bhagalpur seat for the first time in over two decades. Congress MLA Ajeet Sharma, who has been springing a surprise in the last couple of assembly polls by winning the eponymous Vidhan Sabha seat, is posing a tough challenge to JD(U) MP Ajay Mandal.

> Madhya Pradesh

1. Tikamgarh: Virendra Kumar Vs Pankaj Ahirwar

Union minister Virendra Kumar is seeking a fourth straight term in Parliament from Tikamgarh. He is taking on Congress candidate Pankaj Ahirwar.

2. Khajuraho: VD Sharma Vs former IAS officer

Madhya Pradesh BJP chief VD Sharma is seeking a second term from the Khajuraho seat. He will face All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) candidate RB Prajapati, who has received support from the INDIA bloc. Prajapati is a former IAS officer.

> Maharashtra

1. Akola: BR Ambedkar’s grandson Vs Anup Dhotre Vs Abhay Patil

Dr BR Ambedkar’s grandson Prakash Ambedkar, who heads the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA), has fielded candidates in seven seats, including himself from Akola. His brother Anandraj Ambedkar is in the fray in Amravati as a Republican Sena nominee. In Akola, the contest is between Anup Dhotre of the BJP and Abhay Patil of the Congress, with Prakash Ambedkar as the third candidate.

2. Amravati: Navneet Rana Vs Balwant Wankhede

Amravati will see a fight between sitting MP Navneet Rana, now contesting as a BJP nominee, against Balwant Wankhede of the Congress. Dinesh Bub is the Prahar Janshakti Party candidate. The Prahar party, which has two legislators in the assembly, is an ally of the ruling coalition.

> Rajasthan

1. Kota: Om Birla Vs Prahlad Gunjal

Speaker of the outgoing Lok Sabha Om Birla is contesting from Kota. He is facing a stiff challenge from the Congress candidate Prahlad Gunjal.

2. Jodhpur: Gajendra Singh Shekhawat Vs Karan Singh 

Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is the candidate from Jodhpur. Shekhawat is expected to be in a neck-and-neck fight with the Congress' Karan Singh Uchiarda.

3. Chittorgarh: CP Joshi Vs Udai Lal Anjana

BJP state president CP Joshi is contesting from Chittorgarh. The seat will witness a fierce contest as Chandra Prakash Joshi is set to fight against the Congress' Udai Lal Anjana, a former Rajasthan minister. Anjana had gained prominence in the 1998 Lok Sabha polls when he defeated former Defence Minister Jaswant Singh from the seat.

> Jammu and Kashmir

1. Jammu: Jugal Kishore Sharma Vs Ramban Bhalla

A direct contest is on the cards between sitting BJP MP Jugal Kishore Sharma and INDIA bloc candidate Ramban Bhalla, the working president of the J-K Congress unit. Jagdish Raj of the BSP and advocate Ankur Sharma of the Ekam Sanatan Bharat Dal are two other prominent faces contesting the seat.

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The BJP candidate, seeking his third term, defeated Bhalla by a margin of over three lakh votes in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. He had won the seat in 2014 as well.

As many as 22 candidates are in the fray from the constituency spread across 17 assembly segments of Jammu, Samba and Reasi districts, and one assembly constituency in Rajouri district.

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Published: 25 Apr 2024, 07:19 PM IST
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