For the key to the power of the country, political parties will be forced to sweat in the elections which will last seven phases. However, there are different challenges for both the Congress and the BJP in every phase. TheMirk presents the complete rundown to the election in the world’s largest democracy.
The entire country is buzzing for the upcoming election season in India. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced the dates of the Lok Sabha elections on Sunday. There will be elections in seven phases in 543 Lok Sabha seats in the country and the results will be announced on May 23. Check out our Lok Sabha Election 2019 dates revealed article for more info.
Voting on 91 seats in first phase
In the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections, 91 seats in 20 states will go to polls on April 11. These include: Andhra Pradesh 25, Arunachal 2, Assam 5, Bihar 4, Chhattisgarh 1, Jammu-Kashmir 2, Maharashtra 7, Manipur 1, Meghalaya 2, Mizoram 1, Nagaland 1, Odisha 4, Sikkim 1, Telangana 17, Tripura 1, North Region 8, Uttarakhand 5, West Bengal 2, Andaman Nicobar 1 and Lakshadweep 1 Lok Sabha seat.
Big challenge for UPA-NDA
In these 20 states, there is a possibility of a triangular contest rather than a direct contest between the Congress and the BJP. There is an election in the first phase on eight seats in West UP, the SP-BSP-RLD alliance can get a direct fight from the BJP and the Congress.Among the four seats in Bihar, the Congress-RLD can face a tough fight between the BJP-LJP-JDU.
While the majority of seats in the North-East are in the same phase, there is a direct fight between the Congress and the BJP. Though elections are being held in almost all the seats of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in South India. There is a direct fight between TDP and YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh, where Congress and BJP are not showing any particular effect. In Odisha BJD is witnessing a tough fight between the Congress and the BJP. While there is a direct fight between Congress and BJP in Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh.
97 seats of second phase
In the second phase, 97 Lok Sabha seats in 13 states will be cast on April 18. These include Assam 5, Bihar 5, Chhattisgarh 3, Jammu-Kashmir 2, Karnataka 14, Maharashtra 10, Manipur 1, Odisha 5, Tamil Nadu 39, Tripura 1, Uttar Pradesh 8, West Bengal 3 and Puducherry 1 seat.
Direct battle between Congress-BJP coalition
There is a possibility of a direct fight between the BSP and the BJP in the eight seats of the West UP which is in the second phase. Mathura seat is considered to be a battle between RLD and BJP. While 10 seats in Maharashtra, there is a strong fight between the Congress-NCP and the BJP-Shiv Sena.
At the same time, all the seats in Tamil Nadu are to be held simultaneously, where there is a direct fight between Congress-DMK and BJP-AIADMK. We covered the Congress-DMK alliance story earlier this week. There are 14 seats in Karnataka that the BJP has to face from the Congress-JDS coalition. In such a case, there is a strong challenge before the BJP. Assam and Chhattisgarh are witnessing a tough fight between the Congress and the BJP. At the same time, there is a triangular contest between the Congress, the BJD and the BJP in five seats in Odisha.
Most seats in the third phase
In the third phase, voting will be held on April 23 for 115 Lok Sabha seats in 14 states.Assam 4, Bihar 5, Chhattisgarh 7, Gujarat 26, Goa 2, Jammu-Kashmir 1, Karnataka 14, Kerala 20, Maharashtra 14, Odisha 6, Uttar Pradesh 10, West Bengal 5, Dadar Nagar Haveli 1 and Daman Diu 1 seat. Includes.
The direct fight between the Congress and the BJP
Most seats in the second phase have a direct fight between the Congress and the BJP. The Congress and BJP are face to face in Assam, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat. While there is a direct fight between Congress-NCP and BJP-Shiv Sena on 14 seats in Maharashtra. The 10 seats in Uttar Pradesh, BJP has a direct fight with SP.
These five seats in Bihar in this phase, all come in the Simanchal area. In such a scenario, there is a stronghold of the Congress-RLD alliance, where BJP-JDU is desperate to maintain its stronghold once again. While the five seats in Bengal are expected to be tri competition between TMC, BJP and Congress-Left. While the Congress-JDS alliance for BJP in 14 seats in Karnataka is presenting a major challenge.
71 seats up for grabs in the fourth phase
In the fourth phase, 71 seats of 9 states will go to polls on April 29. These include 5 of Bihar, 1 in Jammu and Kashmir, 3 in Jharkhand, 6 in Madhya Pradesh, 17 in Maharashtra, 6 in Odisha, 13 in Rajasthan, 13 in Uttar Pradesh and 8 in West Bengal.
A Match between coalitions
Five of Bihar’s five seats are in this phase of elections. There BJP is strong, but the RJD-Congress alliance is exploring the possibility of winning in this area. In Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, there is a direct fight between the Congress and the BJP. While the Congress-NCP alliance in Maharashtra is facing tough challenges from the BJP-Shiv Sena.
At the same time, there is a triangular contest between Congress, BJD and BJP in Odisha. In the same way, in Jharkhand’s 3 seats, BJP faces a tough fight against the Congress-JMM-JVM coalition. While the 13 seats in UP are tough to predict, the BJP seems to be getting tough competition due to SP-BSP coalition.
51 seats in fifth phase
In the fifth phase, 51 constituencies of seven states will vote on May 6. These will be held on 5 seats in Bihar, 2 in Jammu and Kashmir, 4 in Jharkhand, 7 in Madhya Pradesh, 12 in Rajasthan, 14 in Uttar Pradesh and 7 in West Bengal.
There is a direct fight between the Congress and the BJP on the seats of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. While there is a fight between both the Congress and BJP coalitions in the seats of Bihar and Jharkhand. In Uttar Pradesh, in addition to the SP-BSP combine in front of the BJP, Congress is in the form of a third force. A big triangular standoff is to be expected in UP for this phase. While 7 seats in West Bengal are likely to be a triangular contest between TMC, BJP and Congress-Left, TMC’s influence is quite strong.
59 seats available in the sixth phase
Votes will be cast for May 12 for the 59 seats of 7 states in sixth phase. These are to be held in Bihar 8, Haryana 10, Jharkhand 4, Madhya Pradesh 8, Uttar Pradesh 14, West Bengal 8 and Delhi 7 seats.
Political collision in coalitions
Most of the 6th phase of the Lok Sabha seats is a match between the alliances. In Bihar, where the Congress-RJD-RLSP and the BJP-JDU-LJP are influential, the 10 seats in Haryana are likely to be a triangular contest between the Congress, the BJP and the INLD. Similarly, in 7 seats in Delhi, the Congress, the BJP will face a strong third force in the form of Aam Aadmi Party. Similarly, TMC is very strong in 8 seats in West Bengal, but the BJP graph is rapidly increasing and it is believed that due to this the Congress-Left has a coalition.
However, there is a direct battle between the Congress and the BJP in Madhya Pradesh. There are 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh where some seats are in Awadh and the rest of the seats are Purvanchal. In such a situation, if the BJP has to face the SP-BSP alliance, Congress can give a tough fight as the third big force.
Seventh battle for the last 59 seats
In the seventh phase, 59 seats of 8 states will be up for grabs in the last phase on May 19. 8 of Bihar, 3 in Jharkhand, 8 in Madhya Pradesh, 13 in Punjab, 1 in Chandigarh, 9 in West Bengal, 4 in Himachal and 13 in Uttar Pradesh.
Will this be the decider phase?
In the last phase, the seats between Bihar and Jharkhand are contested between two allies instead of two parties. In Punjab, BJP and Akali Dal are a big challenge in front of Congress. While there is a direct fight between the Congress and the BJP in the seats of Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. In the same way, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh are facing a strong their opposition.
In Bengal where the TMC is facing a tough challenge from the BJP and the Congress-Left coalition. At the same time, in UP, BJP has to compete with the SP-BSP combine as well as Congress. In this phase, there are elections to be held in the Purvanchal seats. These included Modi’s Varanasi and CM Yogi’s Gorakhpur seat. While Priyanka Gandhi is in charge of this Purvanchal. So in the last phase, will the election contest be interesting?