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Lok Sabha polls: Why hasn't BJP declared candidates in UP's Rae Bareli, Kaiserganj, Deoria and Firozabad?

Uttar Pradesh will vote in all the seven phases during the Lok Sabha elections. Polling in Rae Bareli and Kaisergang is scheduled to take place in the fifth phase on May 20, Firozabad in phase three on May 7, and Deoria in the last phase on June 1.

Written By: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Updated on: April 12, 2024 15:55 IST
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Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha Election 2024: Polling for the upcoming parliamentary elections will be held in seven phases beginning April 19 and the result day is scheduled for June 4. One of the key states whose result will matter the most is Uttar Pradesh, which is having 80 Lok Sabha seats, highest among all the states. For any party to strengthen its chances in the general elections, Uttar Pradesh is of prime importance as it sends maximum number of parliamentarians to the Lok Sabha.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which won 73 seats in 2014 and 65 in 2019, is looking to outperform its performance in the upcoming polls. The party is aspiring to win 80 out of 80 seats in the state, in order to achieve its 400-plus target. Though the saffron party has announced candidates in most of the seats in UP, some key seats including Rae Bareli, Firozabad, Kaiserganj and Deoria are still left. 

Rae Bareli

Rae Bareli, has remained a Congress bation for decades. Congress partiarch Sonia Gandhi is the incumbent MP from here. However, the BJP, like it unrest Rahul Gandhi from Amethi, would like to take another stronghold seat -- Rae Bareli from Congress -- in the forthcoming polls.

The challenge on this seat may have come down a bit as Sonia Gandhi has already moved to Rajya Sabha, but still, the BJP is taking time to declare candidate in Rae Bareli who can assure party's victory and dethrone Congress from Uttar Pradesh completely.

Kaiserganj 

BJP's Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh is the incumbent MP in Kaiserganj, who won in 2019 with a huge margin. But ever since his name surfaced in sexual molestation case in the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) when some women wrestlers accused him of wrond deeds, the party has not been able to announce its candidate name.

Firozabad

Firozabad is considered to be Samajwadi Party's (SP) stronghold. But in 2019, BJP's Chandrasen Jadon defeated SP candidate Akshay Yadav, son of Ramgopal Yadav by a margin of around 28,000 votes. Though, SP has bet once again on Akshay Yadav, the BJP wants to field a strong candidate this time, considering Firozabad a Samajwadi Party's bation.

Deoria

According to Congress-Samajwadi Party (SP) seat-sharing agreement in Uttar Pradesh, the 'Grand Old Party' will contest in Deoria seat against the BJP. The party has fielded its senior leader Akhilesh Pratap Singh, a former MLA from Rudrapur in the upcoming polls. 

Therefore, to challenge Akhilesh Pratap Singh, the BJP is looking to field a strong candidate in Deoria. In 2019, BJP's Ramapati Ram Tripathi contested against BSP's Binod Kumar Jaiswal and won this seat by a margin of over 2.5 lakh votes.

All these four seats may witness an interesting contest in the forthcoming polls and for the BJP to proceed forward on its 400-plus and 80 out of 80 seats objectives, a right selection of candidate will definitely matter. Below is the list of BJP candidates already announced for Uttar Pradesh. 

Constituency

Candidate

State

Party 

Polling Day

Saharanpur

Raghav Lakhanpal

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 1 on April 19

Kairana

Pradeep Kumar Chaudhary

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 1 on April 19

Muzaffarnagar

Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 1 on April 19

Bijnor

Chandan Chauhan

Uttar Pradesh

RLD

Phase 1 on April 19

Nagina

Om Kumar

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 1 on April 19

Moradabad

Kunwar Sarvesh Kumar Singh

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 1 on April 19

Rampur

Ghanshyam Singh Lodhi

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 1 on April 19

Sambhal

Parmeshwar Lal Saini

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 3 on May 7

Amroha

Kanwar Singh Tanwar

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 2 on April 26

Meerut

Arun Govil

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 2 on April 26

Baghpat

Rajkumar Sangwan

Uttar Pradesh

RLD

Phase 2 on April 26

Ghaziabad

Atul Garg

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 2 on April 26

Gautam Budhha Nagar

Dr Mahesh Sharma

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 2 on April 26

Bulandshahr

Bhola Singh

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 2 on April 26

Aligarh

Satish Kumar Gautam

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 2 on April 26

Hathras

Anoop Pradhan

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 3 on May 7

Mathura

Hema Malini

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 2 on April 26

Agra

SP Singh Baghel

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 3 on May 7

Fatehpur Sikri

Rajkumar Chahar

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 3 on May 7

Firozabad

Yet to be announced

Uttar Pradesh

 

Phase 3 on May 7

Mainpuri

Jaiveer Singh Thakur

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 3 on May 7

Etah

Rajveer Singh

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 3 on May 7

Badaun

Durvijay Singh Shakya

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 3 on May 7

Aonla

Dharmendra Kashyap

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 3 on May 7

Bareilly

Chhatrapal Singh Gangwar

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 3 on May 7

Pilibhit

Jitin Prasada

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 1 on April 19

Shahjahanpur

Arun Kumar Sagar

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 4 on May 13

Kheri

Ajay Mishra Teni

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 4 on May 13

Dhaurahra

Rekha Verma

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 4 on May 13

Sitapur

Rajesh Verma

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 4 on May 13

Hardoi

Jai Prakash Rawat

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 4 on May 13

Misrikh

Ashok Kumar Rawat

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 4 on May 13

Unnao

Sakshi Maharaj

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 4 on May 13

Mohanlalganj

Kaushal Kishore

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 5 on May 20

Lucknow

Rajnath Singh

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 5 on May 20

Rae Bareli

Yet to be announced

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 5 on May 20

Amethi

Smriti Irani

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 5 on May 20

Sultanpur

Maneka Gandhi

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 6 on May 25

Pratapgarh

Sangam Lal Gupta

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 6 on May 25

Farrukhabad

Mukesh Rajput

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 4 on May 13

Etawah

Ram Shankar Katheria

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 4 on May 13

Kannauj

Subrat Pathak

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 4 on May 13

Kanpur

Ramesh Awasthi

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 4 on May 13

Akbarpur

Devendra Singh Bhole

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 4 on May 13

Jalaun

Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 5 on May 20

Jhansi

Anurag Sharma

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 5 on May 20

Hamirpur

Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 5 on May 20

Banda

RK Singh Patel

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 5 on May 20

Fatehpur

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 5 on May 20

Kaushambi

Vinod Sonkar

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 5 on May 20

Phulpur

Praveen Patel

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 6 on May 25

Allahabad (Prayagraj)

Neeraj Tripathi

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 6 on May 25

Barabanki

Rajrani Rawat

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 5 on May 20

Faizabad

Lallu Singh

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 5 on May 20

Ambedkar Nagar

Ritesh Pandey

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 6 on May 25

Bahraich

Arvind Gond

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 4 on May 13

Kaiserganj

Yet to be announced 

Uttar Pradesh

 

Phase 5 on May 20

Shrawasti

Saket Mishra

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 6 on May 25

Gonda

Kirti Vardhan Singh

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 5 on May 20

Domariyaganj

Jagdambika Pal

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 6 on May 25

Basti

Harish Dwivedi

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 6 on May 25

Sant Kabir Nagar

Praveen Kumar Nishad

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 6 on May 25

Maharajganj

Pankaj Chaudhary

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 7 on June 1

Gorakhpur

Ravi Kishan

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 7 on June 1

Kushi Nagar

Vijay Kumar Dubey

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 7 on June 1

Deoria

Yet to be announced

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 7 on June 1

Bansgaon

Kamlesh Paswan

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 7 on June 1

Lalganj

Neelam Sonkar

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 6 on May 25

Azamgarh

Dinesh Lal Yadav Nirahua

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 6 on May 25

Ghosi

Arvind Rajbhar

Uttar Pradesh

SBSP

Phase 7 on June 1

Salempur

Ravindra Kushawaha

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 7 on June 1

Ballia

Neeraj Shekhar

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 7 on June 1

Jaunpur

Kripashankar Singh

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 6 on May 25

Machhlishahr

BP Saroj

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 6 on May 25

Ghazipur

Paras Nath Rai

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 7 on June 1

Chandauli

Mahendra Nath Pandey

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 7 on June 1

Varanasi

Narendra Modi

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

Phase 7 on June 1

Bhadohi

Vinod Kumar Bind

Uttar Pradesh

BJP

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