Lok Sabha Elections 2019 First Phase Poll Dates, Schedule, Constituencies List: With the seven-phase 17th Lok Sabha elections 2019 scheduled to kick off on April 11, preparations by political parties are in full swing to make as much impact on the public through their rigorous campaigns. In the first phase, a total of 91 constituencies across 20 states of the country will go to polls.
The states/UTs and constituencies going to polls on April 11
Aurangabad, Gaya, Nawada, Jamui
Jammu & Kashmir
Wardha, Ramtek, Nagpur, Bhandara-Gondiya, Gadchiroli-Chimur, Vhandrapur, Yavatmal-Washim
Outer Manipur, Inner Manipur
Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Berhampur, Koraput
Adilabad, Peddapalle, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Zahirabad, Medak, Malkagiri, Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Chevella, Mahbubnagar, Nagarkurnool, Nalgonda, Bhongir, Warangal, Mahabubabad, Khammam
Saharanpur, Kairana, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar
Tehri Garhwal, Garhwal, Almora, Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar, Hardwar
Andaman & Nicobar islands
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
The last date for filing nomination papers for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections was March 25, 2019.
The key players
All the 25 constituencies of Andhra Pradesh will go to elections in the first phase. The key parties in the state are Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the YSR Congress (YSRC) Party.
Among the prominent politicians in the state is Galla Jayadev, who will seek re-election from Guntur and has been pitted against TDP turncoat Modugula Venugopal, fielded by YSRC.
In Vishakhapatnam, ex-IPS officer V V Lakshminarayana is contesting from Jana Sena Party, while TDP has named MV Sri Bharat, an educationist, and the son-in-law of actor-politician N Balakrishna. The BJP candidate is Purandeswari, a former union minister, and daughter of NTR and sister of Balakrishna.
The contest in the Araku Lok Sabha constituency has become interesting after senior Congress leader V Kishore Chandra Deo switched to the TDP and was named the party candidate from the seat, which si reserved for STs. The Congress fielded his daughter, V Sruthi Devi, from Araku. Read | Andhra Pradesh: Key constituencies and players to watch out for Lok Sabha polls.
Arunachal Pradesh is one of the four states that will have simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. The key leaders fielded by BJP are Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Tapir Gao from Arunachal West and East seats respectively. They will be up against Congress leaders Ninong Ering and Takam Sanjoy.
Protests across Assam against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill had cast a shadow on the NDA’s prospects in the North-East but with the AGP back in the NDA fold after severing ties with them, the BJP will hope to regain its momentum in the region. Badruddin Ajmal’s AIUDF is one of the key players in the state, besides the Congress.
The prominent candidates in the first phase of polls include Congress’ Gaurav Gogoi and AGP’s Mani Madhav Mahanta from Kaliabor, former bureaucrat MGVK Bhanu (Congress) and state minister Pallab Lochan Das (BJP) from Tezpur, state Power Minister Tapan Gogoi (BJP) and Sushant Borgohain (Congress) from Jorhat and former MP Pawan Singh and sitting MP Rameshwar Teli (BJP) from Dibrugarh and Anil Buragohain (Congress) and sitting MP Pradhan Boruah (BJP) from Lakhimpur.
Bihar is set to see a mouth-watering contest between the JD(U)-BJP-LJP alliance and the Mahagathbandhan of Congress, RJD and RLSP.
The Nawada constituency, which is going to the polls in the first phase, has been given to BJP ally LJP, which has fielded Chandan Kumar. Nawada sitting MP and Union Minister Giriraj Singh has expressed his displeasure over the BJP’s decision to shift him to Begusarai, where he will face CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar.
The RJD has, however, fielded Vibha Devi, wife of rape convict Rajballabh Yadav, from Nawada. The Grand Alliance, which also includes HAM, has also pitted RLSP state president Bhudev Chaudhary against Chirag Paswan, son of Ram Vilas Paswan, from the Jamui seat.
In West Bengal, BJP has fielded John Barla from the Alipurduar seat while Jayanta Saha will contest from Jalpaiguri. The Trinamool Congress has announced Dasrath Turkey and Bijou Chandra Barman from the constituencies respectively.
Congress has nominated Dipak Baij for the Maoist-hit Bastar constituency in Chhattisgarh while BSP has fielded Aaytu Ram Mandavi from the seat. BJP, on the other hand, has restored hope in its sitting MP Dinesh Kashyap.
Jammu & Kashmir
Among the two constituencies going to polls in the first phase — Baramulla and Jammu — the former will see a multi-cornered contest as a total of 14 candidates have filed their nomination papers for the north Kashmir seat.
BJP, Congress, PDP, People’s Conference, and the National Conference are the prominent parties which will be contesting elections.
Mohammad Maqbool War from BJP, Farooq Ahmad Mir from Congress, NC leader and former J&K Legislative Assembly speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone and PDP’s Abdul Qayoom Wani are the key candidates to lock horns in the first phase.