Lok Sabha Election 2019: From Narendra Modi to Smriti Irani, key names in BJP’s first record of candidates

The BJP on Thursday launched the primary record of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha election, that includes 184 names. The record included the names of heavyweights like Narendra Modi, occasion chief Amit Shah, house minister Rajnath Singh, transport minister Nitin Gadkari, amongst many others.

Senior occasion chief JP Nadda launched the record at a press convention on the day of Holi, following three marathon conferences of its central election committee (CEC). Here’s a take a look at all the important thing names that featured in BJP’s first record of candidates:

Lok Sabha Election 2019: From Narendra Modi to Smriti Irani, key names in BJPs first list of candidates

File picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose BJP authorities acquired a historic mandate in 2014. PTI

Uttar Pradesh

Narendra Modi — Varanasi 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will search re-election from the holy metropolis of Varanasi. In 2014 election, Modi received the seat by a margin of over 3.Three lakh votes, defeating his nearest rival Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal. As per the alliance deal between the BSP and Samajwadi Party, Varanasi might be contested by a Samajwadi Party candidate this time. With the Congress but to disclose its candidate for this constituency, a triangular contest is predicted in Varanasi.

Raghav Lakhanpal — Saharanpur 

Raghav Lakhanpal has been re-nominated to contest from Saharanpur, which noticed communal polarisation within the aftermath of the Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013. The three-time former MLA will as soon as once more be contesting towards Congress’ Imran Masood, whom he defeated within the 2014 election by a margin of over 65,000 votes. With the Muslims constituting  45 p.c of the Saharanpur inhabitants, Lakhanpal might be banking on the consolidation of Hindu votes towards the Congress and ‘mahagathbandhan’ candidates.

Satyapal Singh — Baghpat 

In the 2014 elections, Union minister and former Mumbai Police chief Satyapal Singh recorded an enormous vicotry by defeating former Union Minister Ajit Singh by over Three lakh votes. In the upcoming election, he’ll tackle Jayant Choudhary, son of Ajit Singh, who’s combating as a RLD candidate backed by the mahaghatbandhan.

General VK Singh — Ghaziabad 

Former Indian Army chief General VK Singh, who joined the BJP in March 2014, scored a historic victory in Ghaziabad constituency after defeating Congress chief Raj Babbar by a whooping margin of over 5.67 lakh votes. He subsequently turned an MoS within the Modi cupboard. In the upcoming election, Singh is predicted to have a face off with Samajwadi Party’s Suresh Bansal and Congress candidate Dolly Sharma.

Mahesh Sharma — Gautam Buddh Nagar

Mahesh Sharma, the incumbent tradition minister, might be combating for re-election from Gautam Buddh Nagar Lok Sabha constituency. In the final election, Sharma beat Narendra Bhati of the Samajwadi Party by a margin of over 2.eight lakh votes. In the upcoming elections, the Samajwadi Party-BSP mix has fielded Satbir Nagar as its candidate towards Sharma. Recently, the Union minister sparked an argument after he mocked Congress general-secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Hema Malini — Mathura

Actress Hema Malini received the Mathura seat in 2014, defeating RLD chief after which sitting MP and Jayant Choudhary by over 3,30,000 votes. Since her victory, nevertheless, she has been going through flak from occasion employees for allegedly ignoring the constituency. This time the actress-turned-politician might be taking up RLD’s Narendra Singh from the Jat-dominated Lok Sabha constituency.

Santosh Kumar Gangwar — Bareilly

Union Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar might be combating his eighth election from Bareilly. Since 1991, he has solely misplaced as soon as — 2009 elections — from this constituency. However, the brand new alliance between Samajwadi Party and the BSP might pose a risk to the voters arithmetic of Bareilly, the place Muslims have a major presence.

Rajnath Singh — Lucknow

Home minister Rajnath Singh might be contesting from the BJP bastion of Lucknow for the second consecutive time. Singh received the final election by a margin of over 2.7 lakh votes. He had defeated incumbent Uttar Pradesh cupboard minister Ritu Bahuguna Joshi, who was then with the Congress. Lucknow has been with the BJP since 1991, when former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee first received the seat. He continued to symbolize the constituency until 2009 earlier than making method for his protégé Lalji Tandon.

Sakshi Maharaj — Unnao

The controversial godman might be searching for his re-election from Unnao, after reportedly threatening the occasion excessive command of penalties if not given a ticket. Sakshi Maharaj received the 2014 elections from Unnao by a margin of over Three lakh votes. This time, Unnao is predicted to witness a three-cornered combat between Samajwadi Party, Congress and the BJP.

Smriti Irani — Amethi

After shedding to Congress president Rahul Gandhi by a margin of simply over 1 lakh votes, Union textiles minister Smriti Irani will as soon as once more contest from the Congress pocket borough. Since 2014, Irani made a number of visits to Amethi to work together with the locals in addition to occasion employees, indicating her curiosity in growing the constituency.

Sanjeev Balyan — Muzzaffarnagar

One of the principle accussed within the Muzaffarnagar riots, Sanjeev Balyan received the seat after defeating sitting MP Kadir Rana of the BSP by over 4 Lakh votes. Balyan was later inducted into the Union Council of Ministers as MoS. This election is predicted to be harder for Balyan for the reason that coming collectively of Samajwadi Party and BSP would have an effect on the minority, Dalit and Jat vote banks. A face off is predicted between Balyan and veteran RLD chief Ajit Singh, who’s the mahagathbandan candidate.

Kunwar Bharatendra Singh — Bijnor
Kunwar Bharatendra Singh, a Jat chief, might be searching for re-election from Bijnor, a key constituency in western Uttar Pradesh. A two-term MLA, Singh can also be an accused within the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots. In the final election, he defeated Shahnawaz Rana of the Samajwadi Party by over 2 lakh votes. This time, the principle combat is predicted to be between him and Maluk Nagar, the mahagathbandhan candidate.


Baiduram Kashyap — Bastar (ST)

A Member of Legislative Assembly from Jagdalpur, Baiduram Kashyap is the face of the Bharatriya Janata Party within the Bastar constituency. He replaces two-time member of Parliament Dinesh Kashyap, son of BJP chief Baliram Kashyap. Baiduram, 41, is the district BJP chief in Bastar. With virtually 70 p.c of its inhabitants belonging to the scheduled tribes, the constituency is reserved for ST candidates. A former MLA of Chitrakote, Baiduram is up towards Deepak Baij of Congress. Baiduram, who has to woo tribal communities comparable to Gond, Maria, Muriya, Bhatra, Halba, Dhruva, faces stiff competitors from the Congress within the Naxal-affected constituency.

Jammu and Kashmir:

Jitendra Singh — Udhampur

Jitendra Singh is the sitting member of Parliament of Udhampur constituency in Jammu and Kashmir after he beat Congress veteran and former chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. In his electoral debut in 2014, Singh was credited of bringing the constituency again to BJP after two consecutive Congress wins. In the BJP-led Central authorities, the 62-year-old is a Minister of State (MoS) for Prime Minister’s Office and MoS (unbiased cost) for Development of North Eastern Region. Born right into a Rajput household, Singh is a health care provider with experience in diabetes and endocrinology. He additionally has a number of books to his credit score and has additionally been the BJP chief spokesperson for Jammu and Kashmir previously.

Jugal Kishore Sharma — Jammu

Jugal Kishore Sharma received the Nagrota Assembly seat twice — in 2002 and 2008. He fought the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Jammu and defeated two-time MP Madan Lal Sharma from the Congress. He can also be a member of the standing committee on rural improvement and of the consultative committee beneath Ministry of Power and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. It was throughout his tenure that the central authorities sanctioned a Rs 5,100-crore Jammu-Poonch National Highway venture in addition to the Jammu-Poonch rail-line venture. Parts of his constituency lie on border areas and are sometimes hit by heavy shelling. It was throughout his time period that the central authorities started development of over 14,000 security bunkers. Having defeated Madan Lal Sharma by over 2 lakh votes within the 2014 election and using excessive on the event tasks, the 56-year-old is hopeful of a second time period.


Alphons Kannanthanam — Ernakulam

Alphons Kannanthanam or KJ Alphons was one of many contenders for the much-sought-after Pathanamthitta constituency however the saffron occasion has determined to discipline him from Ernakulam — presently held by PV Thomas from Congress. A former civil servant, Alphons is presently the MoS for Tourism with unbiased cost. He had joined the BJP in 2011. A low profile Rajya Sabha MP, Alphons was within the highlight in December 2018 when the Kerala High Court directed the Additional Director General of Police to research a four-year-old felony case towards him. With an eye fixed on the Hindu votebank, significantly from the Nair group, on the sidelines of the Sabrimala agitations, Alphons introduced Rs 85.23 crore for the state for growing a non secular tourism circuit. This circuit will embrace 133 locations of worship in Kerala.

Kummanam Rajasekharan —  Thiruvananthapuram

Kummanam Rajasekharan was the governor of Mizoram and he resigned earlier in March to have the ability to contest within the Lok Sabha election. With a ticket from the Kerala capital, he’s pitted towards Congress veteran and two-time MP Shashi Tharoor. A former BJP Kerala president, the 66-year-old has been vocal concerning the Sabarimala challenge. Sympathising with the agitators, he has usually mentioned that guidelines of 1 temple shouldn’t be utilized to a different. He has additionally spoken out towards the Chief Electoral Officer’s (CEO) gag order on using the Sabarimala row throughout election campaigning. Rajasekharan is allegedly backed by the RSS and the Sabarimala Karma Samiti. Tharoor, in the meantime has written to the CEO, alleging that Rajasekharan was utilizing communalism in his marketing campaign, an allegation that Rajasekharan has refuted.


Nihal Chand Chauhan — Ganganagar (SC)

Nihal Chand Chauhan is an MoS for Chemicals and Fertilisers. The 48-year-old, who belongs to the Meghwal group, has received the seat from Ganganagar 4 occasions. In the 2014 election, Chauhan beat his Congress rival by over 2.9 lakh seats. However, many occasion members within the state are towards his candidature as he is among the 17 accused in a 2011 rape case.

Arjun Ram Meghwal — Bikaner (SC)

Arjun Ram Meghwal, a two-time MP from Bikaner, received the seat in 2014 with a margin of over 3.08 lakh votes. The 66-year-old is a former IAS officer. According to an evaluation by the National Election Watch and the Association for Democratic Reforms, Meghwal’s belongings grew by 608 p.c between 2009 and 2014. Meanwhile, final week, BJP veteran from Rajasthan Devi Singh Bhati resigned from the occasion over Meghwal’s nomination for the third time. Bhati alleged that Meghwal had campaigned towards occasion candidates throughout the state Assembly elections.

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathod — Jaipur Rural

Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathod, a sitting MP from Jaipur Rural, is the MoS with unbiased cost for Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The 49-year-old has served within the Indian Army for 23 years between 1990 and 2013. Before becoming a member of politics, he made India proud with a number of achievements in double entice taking pictures occasions. Rathore, who earned a gold medal within the 2002 Commonwealth video games, holds the file of hitting 192 out of 200 targets. He received 25 worldwide medals at numerous championships for double entice taking pictures and have become the primary Indian, put up independence, to win particular person silver medal at Athens Olympics, in 2004. He has been awarded the Padma Shri, Ati Vishisth Seva Medal, Arjuna Award and Khel Ratna.

Gajendra Singh Sekhawat — Jodhpur

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, present MoS for Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, will once more contest on a BJP ticket from Jodhpur. The 52-year-old has usually been at loggerheads with the Congress-led state authorities over points pertaining to farmers within the area. He has blamed the state authorities for not offering data to the Centre on farmers eligible for the Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana. He is more likely to face stiff competitors from the Congress in his constituency, which is taken into account the house turf of chief minister and Congress chief Ashok Gehlot. This time, the grand outdated occasion is more likely to discipline Gehlot’s son Vaibhav from Jodhpur.


Ajay Tamta — Almora (SC)

In the 2014 basic elections, BJP candidate Ajay Tamta defeated Congress candidate Pradeep Tamta to turn out to be the MP from this constituency. An MoS for Textiles, he’s the one MP from Uttarakhand within the present Union Cabinet. The 49-year-old politician is hailed as a Dalit chief and has robust connections to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He additionally faces an anti-incumbency wave, particularly after residents of Timta village in Pithoragarh cried foul over his adoption of the village. The residents mentioned that whereas the MoS had promised to undertake the village and convey improvement tasks, he had not completed so.

Ajay Bhatt — Nainital-Udhamsinghpur

Uttarakhand BJP chief Ajay Bhatt has been requested to contest the elections from Nainital-Udhamsinghpur after incumbent MP Bhagat Singh Koshiyari refused to run for elections owing to his age. After shedding the 2012 state election to the Congress, Bhatt has been the Leader of Opposition within the Assembly. He then turned the chief ministerial candidate within the 2017 elections when BJP received with a sweeping majority. However, as a result of Bhatt misplaced the seat in Ranikhet, he couldn’t be made the chief minister.

Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank — Haridwar

In the 2014 basic election, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank received with a majority of over 1.77 lakh votes. He had defeated Renuka Rawat, spouse of Congress veteran and former chief minister Harish Rawat. Ramesh served because the Uttarakhand chief minister between 2009 and 2011. Hailing from the Pauri area of the state, he’s more likely to face some opposition from his voters as he doesn’t belong to Haridwar. Referred to as an astute politician, he has held a number of portfolios within the state cupboard and is taken into account to be a ‘people’s man’. He could be up towards former chief minister Harish Rawat, who might contest from Haridwar or Nainital.

Andhra Pradesh

D Purandeshwari — Vishakhapatnam 

Daggubatti Purandeshwari will return to contest from the Vishakhapatnam constituency after a decade. The 40-year-old politician was elected MP from Vishakhapatnam in 2009 on a Congress ticket. In 2014, she joined the BJP and fought from Rajampet constituency and misplaced. Daughter of Telugu Desam Party founder NT Rama Rao, Purandeshwari is presently the chief of BJP’s Mahila Morcha. In 2004, she had represented the Bapatla constituency and likewise served because the MoS for Human Resource Development. Earlier in 2019, her husband Daggubati Venkateswara Rao and son Hitesh Chenchuram met YSRCP chief Jaganmohan Reddy, kicking off hypothesis a few change in events. However, she clarified that she would follow the BJP. She was then appointed chairperson of the committee accountable for getting ready the election manifesto in Andhra Pradesh. The Vishakhapatnam seat is presently held by Kambhampati Hari Babu from BJP.

Arunachal Pradesh

Tapir Gao — Aruanchal East

Tapir Gao might be combating from Arunachal East constituency after shedding to sitting MP Ninong Ering of the Congress occasion by a margin of 12,000 votes within the 2014 election. Gao, who’s the president of the Arunachal Pradesh unit of the BJP, beforehand represented the constituency between 2004 and 2009. James Lowangcha Wanglat of the Congress is the principle opponent for Gao within the upcoming election.

Kiren Rijiju — Arunachal West

MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju might be combating for his re-election to the Parliament from the Arunachal West constituency, which he first represented between 2004 and 2009. His fundamental opponents might be the Congress, which introduced ex-chief minister Nabam Tuki as its candidate, and National People’s Party.


Jual Oram — Sundargarh (ST)

Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram might be searching for his fifth time period as a Lok Sabha MP from Sundargarh in Odisha. After consecutively profitable the seat between 1998 and 2004, Oram misplaced the 2009 elections to former chief minister Hemananda Biswal. He was the one BJP candidate to win his seat within the 2014 election, which was in any other case swept by the BJD.

Baijayant Panda — Kendrapara

Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda might be contesting the election for the primary time as a BJP candidate. Panda, who stop the BJD in early 2018, has been representing Kendrapara since 2009. Panda, who can also be an industrialist, was a Rajya Sabha member between 2000 and 2009. Panda, who was as soon as near Odisha chief minister Naveen Pattnaik, joined the BJP in March 2019 and was instantly appointed one of many vice-presidents of the occasion.

Aparajita Sarangi — Bhubaneswar

The former IAS officer of the Odisha cadre, Sarangi might be getting into the electoral battlefield for the primary time. She had joined the occasion in November 2018 after taking voluntary retirement in September of that yr. Sarangi’s final posting was within the Ministry of Rural Development, the place she was a Joint Secretary in-charge of MGNREGA. She gained prominence in Odisha when she served as Bhubaneshwar’s Municipal Commissioner between 2006 and 2009.

Tamil Nadu

H Raja — Sivaganga

The nationwide secretary of the BJP and outstanding face of Tamil Nadu unit of the occasion is about to contest from Congress stronghold of Sivaganga. In the final election, Raja secured the third place as PR Senthilnathan received the seat by over 2 lakh votes. In the approaching election, the combat is predicted to be between the Congress — which is a part of the DMK-led alliance — and the BJP, which is in alliance with AIADMK. Congress is but to announce its candidate, however there are speculations about former finance minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti, who additionally contested the final election, being fielded from this constituency.

Tamilisai Soundarrajan — Thoothukkudi

The president of the Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP, Sounderrajan will tackle Kanimozhi, the daughter of DMK’s late patriarch M Karunanidhi. In the previous, Sounderrajan fought the 2009 Lok Sabha elections from the Chennai North constituency however got here third.

Pon Radhakrishnan — Kanyakumari

The Union minister might be combating for his third time period within the Lok Sabha. In the 2014 elections, he was the one BJP candidate who received from Tamil Nadu. Radhakrishnan had additionally received from the identical constituency in 1999, when it was known as Nagercoil. He is more likely to face a tricky problem from the Congress occasion within the upcoming elections.

West Bengal 

Arjun Singh — Barrackpur

Four-term MLA Arjun Singh joined the BJP in March 2019. He will face-off with sitting MP and former Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi. Singh, who is thought for the help he has amongst occasion cadres, was miffed with Mamata Banerjee for denying him a Lok Sabha ticket.

Chandra Kumar Bose — Kolkata Dakshin 

Chandra Kumar Bose, the grandson of Sarat Chandra Bose and grand nephew of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, has been BJP’s face in Bengal within the final three years. He will make his electoral debut in Kolkata Dakshin, the previous pocket borough of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. According to studies, BJP is eager to make use of his familial ties with Netaji to ring a bell with the Bengali voters.

Rahul Sinha — Kolkata Uttar

Rahul Sinha, the nationwide secretary of the occasion and the previous chief of the Bengal unit, will combat from Kolkata Uttar for the second consecutive time. In 2014, he misplaced to senior TMC chief Sudip Bandopadhyaya, who can also be within the fray this time.

Babul Supriyo — Asansol

One of the 2 winners within the state from the BJP within the final Lok Sabha election, Babul Supriyo is presently a minister within the Modi Cabinet. According to studies, he has been campaigning within the constituency for a month now. He is pitted towards veteran actress Moon Moon Sen, who was dubbed a large killer after she defeated nine-time CPM MP Basudeb Acharia in Bankura in 2014.

Dilip Ghosh — Medinipur

The BJP state unit chief might be combating from Medinipur. Ghosh, who’s presently an MLA representing the Kharagpur Sadar Assembly constituency, turned defeated seven-term MLA Gyan Singh Sohanpal within the 2016 polls.


Subhash Ramrao Bhamre — Dhule

Bhamre is the sitting MP within the Dhule Lok Sabha constituency and the Union MoS for defence since 2016. Born on 11 September, 1953, he’s an oncologist by career and recognized to supply free remedy to most cancers sufferers. He was among the many “non-political” candidates fielded by the BJP within the 2014 election. His induction into the ministry in 2016 the Modi authorities’s try to substitute the resignation occasion state unit chief Raosaheb Danve.

Heena Vijaykumar Gavit — Nandurbar(ST)

One of the youngest MPs, she defeated her opponent by multiple lakh votes within the 2014 basic election. Her father Vijakumar Gavit was a minister within the Congress-NCP Maharashtra authorities who ended up shedding his Cabinet berth as a result of Heena joined the rival occasion. She is the one MP from the BJP within the 16th Lok Sabha to have requested greater than 900 questions. She is presently a member of the Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

File image of Union minister Nitin Gadkari. PTI

File picture of Union minister Nitin Gadkari. PTI

Nitin Gadkari — Nagpur

An RSS product, Gadkari is the present Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. He previously held the agricultural improvement, panchayati raj and consuming water and sanitation portfolios. Hailing from Nagpur, he was born on 27 May, 1957 and served because the PWD minister within the Maharashtra authorities from 1995 to 99. He was additionally elected because the BJP president in 2010. In 2014, Gadkari received the Nagpur Lok Sabha seat, defeating Congress chief Vilas Muttemwar. In the upcoming election, he might be taking up Congress’ Nana Patole.

Hansraj Gangaram Ahir — Chandrapur

Ahir is the present Union Minister of State for Home Affairs. Born in Nanded, Maharashtra, he’s a four-time MP from Chandrapur. He was earlier the MoS for Chemical and Fertilizers within the Narendra Modi authorities.

Raosaheb Patil Danve — Jalna

Maharashtra BJP unit chief and 4-time MP, Danve was the MoS for shopper affairs, meals and public distribution within the present Modi authorities until March 2015. He was born in Javkheda, in Jalna district of Maharashtra in May 1977. He was lately concerned in a bitter battle with Arjun Khotkar, MoS within the Devendra Fadnavis authorities, who additionally needed to contest the election from Jalna seat.

Poonam Mahajan — Mumbai-North-Central

Daughter of the late veteran BJP chief Pramod Mahajan and chief of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, she is the present Mumbai-North-Central MP. Mahajan has a diploma in management administration from Brighton School of Business Management in UK. Since her electoral debut in 2009, she had networked and located favour with prime BJP management. This time, Mahajan has been pitted towards Congress chief Priya Dutt, whom she defeated in a high-profile contest within the final basic election as nicely with the margin of almost 1.86 lakh votes. However, the constituency has by no means elected the identical occasion to energy since 1980.

Sujay Vikhe Patil — Ahmednagar

Son of Congress chief and Leader of Opposition in Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Sujay joined the saffron occasion a couple of days in the past and is about to make his political debut. A neurosurgeon by career, his household has a robust maintain within the constituency however the NCP was to contest on the seat as per the Congress-NCP seat sharing settlement. The Congress, nevertheless, had requested NCP to change the Ahmednagar seat for some other seat, however NCP chief Sharad Pawar reportedly refused the supply. The BJP ignored three-time sitting MP Dilip Gandhi. According to Sujay, probably the most urgent challenge within the constituency is employment technology for the youth. He might be going through NCP MLA Sangram Jagtap.

Pritam Gopinath Munde — Beed

Former Union minister Gopinath Munde’s daughter, Pritam made her political debut in 2014 when she received the Beed Lok Sabha bypolls following her father’s dying in June 2014. She defeated former Congress minister Ashok Patil by greater than 7 lakh votes. Top leaders of the BJP, together with Modi and Amit Shah, had campaigned for her at the moment.

Queen Ojha — Guwahati

She is a former mayor of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation. The BJP has fielded her from the Guwahati Lok Sabha seat which is taken into account to be one of many hardest electoral battlegrounds within the state as a result of its numerous voter base. Ojha might be contesting the election instead of Union minister Bijoya Chakraborty, who has been on the seat since 1999. This will mark Ojha’s electoral debut on the nationwide degree. ““I am extremely happy, but this happiness comes with a lot of responsibility. I am overwhelmed by the support by party members and well-wishers. I am confident of winning,” Ojha instructed News18.

Rameswar Teli — Dibrugarh

Born on 14 August, 1970 in Duliajan, Assam, Rameswar Teli is the sitting MP within the Dibrugarh Lok Sabha constituency. The BJP received the seat for the primary time in 2014. Teli defeated Paban Singh Ghatowar of the Congress by 1,85,347 votes at the moment. Among all MPs from the state, Teli has the bottom academic qualification, being a matriculation passout in 1989. At current, he’s a member of the Committee on the Welfare of Other Backward Classes within the parliament.


Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi — Bijapur(SC)

Born in Atharga, Bijapur, Jigajinagi is the sitting Bijapur MP and Union MoS for Drinking Water and Sanitation since 2016. He has received 5 Lok Sabha elections in a row since 1998 whilst he switched events earlier than becoming a member of the BJP. The Dalit parliamentarian entered politics beneath the management of Ramakrishna Hegde, who was the late chief of undivided Janata Party. Jigajinagi gained recognition within the northern drylands of the state when he was an MLA from Chikkodi, recognized for its sugar. He is reportedly recognized to assert his caste identity without taking a confrontational stand.

Umesh Jadhav — Gulbarga

Former Congress two-time MLA from Chincholi, Jadhav defected to BJP in March after submitting his resignation to the Assembly speaker Ramesh Kumar on 4 March. The disgruntled MLA had reportedly expressed his displeasure over not touchdown a ministerial berth within the HD Kumaraswamy authorities. He might be pitted towards Leader of Opposition within the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge of the Congress.

Anantkumar Hegde — Uttara Kannada

Born in Sirsi, Uttara Kannada district, Hegde is a 5-time MP. He turned the Union MoS for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in September 2017. He is thought for making inflammatory statements and courting controversy. During a speech in Kodagu in January, Hegde mentioned that, “Regardless of caste and faith, a hand that touches a Hindu girl should not exist.” When Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao objected to it, Hegde mentioned he knew Rao solely “as a guy who ran behind a Muslim lady”. In the previous, he has additionally in contrast Dalits to barking canine and mentioned the BJP is in energy to alter the Constitution.

Shobha Karandlaje — Udupi Chikmagalur

52-year-old Karandlaje is the sitting MP within the Udupi Chikmagalur seat. In 2014, she received the seat with a margin of 1.81 lakh votes by trouncing then Congress chief Ok Jayaprakash Hegde, who he joined the BJP later. She was a Karnataka MLC between 2004 and 2008 and was a state cupboard minister from 2008 to 2013. She might be pitted towards Congress chief and former minister Pramod Madhwaraj.

A Manju — Hassan

Arkalgud Manju is one other Congress insurgent who lately joined the BJP on 18 March. He mentioned he left the occasion for the “sake of principles” and mentioned the Congress would get uprooted in Karnataka if the coalition authorities continued within the state. A 3-term Arkalgud MLA, Manju received the Assembly constituency as a BJP candidate in 1999. He joined the Congress later and retained the seat in 2008 and 2013, serving as a minister in Siddaramaiah’s Cabinet. However, he misplaced to JD(S)’ AT Ramaswamy In the 2018 Assembly elections. Manju might be going through JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda’s grandson Prajwal Revanna within the upcoming polls.

BY Raghavendra — Shimoga

Son of former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, Raghavendra received the Shivamogga Lok Sabha bypoll in 2018 with 4,89,959 votes, defeating Congress-JD(S) candidate Madhu Bangarappa by a margin of 47,388 votes. Born on 16 August, 1973, he turned concerned in local-level politics after his faculty commencement. In the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, he defeated former chief minister S Bangarappa from the Shimoga Lok Sabha seat. Raghavendra belongs to the Lingayat group which is a dominant caste group in Shivamogga

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