Lok Sabha Election: 116 candidates for 6 seats, will decide on April 29 who is King of Mumbai?
In the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019, votes will be cast for 14 parliamentary seats in Maharashtra on April 29. Out of these 14 seats, six seats are from Mumbai, which has 116 candidates. At present, all these six seats are with NDA, out of which the Shiv Sena is occupying BJP 3 and 3. While Congress and NCP could not even open the account. This time, in the political equation, the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance is getting a tough challenge from the Congress-NCP alliance. The key question is, who will be the King of Mumbai in 2019?
The city of Mumbai is divided into six Lok Sabha constituencies. It has Mumbai North, Mumbai North West, Mumbai North East, Mumbai North Central, Mumbai South and Mumbai South Central Seat. According to 2011, the total population of Mumbai is 84 million. All these seats will be cast on 29th April on Monday.
In the Mumbai North (North) Lok Sabha seat, the current MP from BJP, Gopal Shetty, is in the fray. Congress has fielded Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar in this seat. While 18 candidates including Manoj Kumar Jai Prakash Singh from BSP are in the electoral fray. BJP’s Gopal Shetty defeated Congress’s Sanjay Nirupam in the Modi wave in 2014 and returned the BJP to this seat.
Ram Naik had reached Parliament by winning this seat for five consecutive times from the BJP, but in 2004, the Congress had cut down the film actor Govind and broke the BJP’s fortress. Sanjay Nirupam won from Congress in 2009. Once again, the Congress has once again tried the formula for possession of this seat and lifted Urmila Matondkar and challenged him in front of the BJP.
Mumbai North West:
Gajanan Kirtikar from the Shiv Sena on the Mumbai North-West Lok Sabha seat in Maharashtra is in the electoral fray, against which 21 candidates, including Sanjay Nirupam of Congress, have been electoral fate. However, this seat has been the seat of the actor-turned-politician Sunil Dutt’s traditional seat. For 18 years, he has won from the Congress here.
After this, Gurudas Kamat of Congress won this seat in 2009, but in 2014, Shiv Sena’s Gajanan Kirtikar captured it. In 2019 Congress has fielded Sanjay Nirupam to return to this seat. Given the large number of north Indian voters in this seat, Congress has played a bigger role. In such a situation, the Shiv Sena has a big challenge to retain this seat.
At the Mumbai North East Lok Sabha seat, BJP has bet on Manoj Kotak by cutting the ticket of his current MP and veteran leader Kirit Somaiya. While 27 candidates including Sanjay Patil from NCP and Sanjay Singh from BSP are in the electoral fray. In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Kirit Soumya had captured NCP defeating Sanjay Patil. From this seat, Congress’s Gurudas Kamat, BJP’s Pramod Mahajan and Kirit Somaiya have been elected MPs. However, instead of this time, in the political equation, there is a big challenge for BJP to retain this seat.
Mumbai North Central:
Poonam Mahajan, daughter of Pramod Mahajan, from BJP on the Mumbai North Central Lok Sabha seat is once again in the electoral fray, who is contesting from Priya Dutt of Congress. 20 candidates including BSP’s Imran Mustafa Khan are in the fray. There was an electoral battle between these two leaders in 2014, in which Poonam Mahajan won by two lakh votes. Once again in 2019, both leaders are face-to-face and the two leaders face a big challenge to protect their father’s political heritage.
Mumbai South Lok Sabha seat Shiv Sena has fielded its sitting MP Arvind Sawant, who is contesting from Milind Deora of Congress. Whereas 13 candidates, including Mistri Lal Gautam of BSP, have been waiting for luck. Congress has been occupying this area for a long time, but in the 2014 election, in the Modi wave Milind Deora had to face defeat at Shiv Sena’s hands. For this time, in the political situation, Shiv Sena has a big challenge to keep this seat alive. At the same time, Milind Deora of Congress has supported the industrialists Mukesh Ambani and MNS chief Raj Thackeray.
Mumbai South Central:
On the Mumbai South-Central Lok Sabha seat, the Shiv Sena has fielded current sitting MP Rahul Shewale, who is contesting from the Congress’s Eknath Gaikwad. BSP’s Ahmed Shekh, along with 17 candidates, is in the electoral fray. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Shewale had reached Parliament by defeating Congress’s two-time MP Eknath Gaikwad. However, keeping the seat reserved for Shiv Sena in this Lok Sabha election is a big challenge.