Voting On 72 Seats Today, NDA Took Home 56 Last Time: 5-Point Guide

Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 4: With this phase, elections are beginning in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan - some of the BJP's strongest backers in 2014 which turned to Congress in state elections held last year.

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Phase 4 Election 2019: More than 12 crore people across nine states are eligible to vote

New Delhi:  The Hindi heartland, at the heart of the BJP's spectacular win in 2014, is voting in the fourth phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections today. The BJP and its allies had won 56 of the 72 seats up for grabs - an impressive strike rate of 77 per cent but an equally large score to defend. From more than half-a-dozen union ministers to movie stars - there are several high-profile contenders whose fortunes will be decided today.
Here is your 5-point guide to what is at stake in Phase 4 of 2019 Lok Sabha Polls:
  1. More than 12 crore people across nine states are eligible to vote - among them, a large swathe of Hindi-speaking India. The BJP had done astonishingly well in the last elections here. And if it wants to come back, it can't afford to lose too many of these seats.
  2. With this phase, elections are beginning in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan - some of the BJP's strongest backers in 2014 which turned to Congress in state elections held last year. Usually, if national polls are held within one year of state polls, the same party plays the favourites. But some factors have been known to break this trend.
  3. This is the last round of voting in Maharashtra where 17 seats are polling today including six in Mumbai - the country's business and entertainment capital. And all of them are geared for appropriately eye-catching contests. Voting also ends in Odisha where the BJP hopes have made up for losses in other states.
  4. Along with several big names, this phase also has highest proportion of candidates with criminal cases against them, the most number of crorepatis and women candidates. See complete list here
  5. Top contenders in this round include Kanhaiya Kumar (CPI), Giriraj Singh (BJP), Dimple Yadav (SP), Salman Khurshid (Congress), Sakshi Maharaj (BJP), Milind Deora (Congress), Poonam Mahajan (BJP), Priya Dutt (Congress), Babul Supriyo (BJP), S S Ahluwalia (BJP), Moon Moon Sen (Trinamool Congress), Manvendra Singh (Congress), Dushyant Singh (BJP), Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (BJP) and Jay Panda (BJP). Track all the big battles here
India votes | the 2019 roadmap
Phase 4 April 29, 2019
72 Seats 9 states
StateVotingConstituencies
MAHARASHTRA17/48Nandurbar, Dhule, Dindori, Nashik, Palghar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Thane, Mumbai North, Mumbai North-West, Mumbai North-East, Mumbai North-Central, Mumbai South-Central, Mumbai South, Maval, Shirur, Shirdi
UTTAR PRADESH13/80Shahjahanpur, Kheri, Hardoi, Misrikh, Unnao, Farrukhabad, Etawah, Kannauj, Kanpur, Akbarpur, Jalaun, Jhansi, Hamirpur
RAJASTHAN13/25Tonk-Sawai Madhopur, Ajmer, Pali, Jodhpur, Barmer, Jalore, Udaipur, Banswara, Chittorgarh, Rajsamand, Bhilwara, Kota, Jhalawar-Baran
WEST BENGAL8/42Baharampur, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Bardhaman Purba, Bardhaman-Durgapur, Asansol, Bolpur, Birbhum
MADHYA PRADESH6/29Sidhi, Shahdol, Jabalpur, Mandla, Balaghat, Chhindwara
ODISHA6/21Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur
BIHAR5/40Darbhanga, Ujiarpur, Samastipur, Begusarai, Munger
JHARKHAND3/14Chatra, Lohardaga, Palamu
J&K*1/6Anantnag
*Polling in Anantnag seat being held in 3 phases (April 23, 29 & May 6)




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Highlights

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In 2014, BJP and its allies had won 56 of the 72 seats up for grabs
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With this phase, elections are beginning in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan
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Kanhaiya Kumar, Giriraj Singh, Dimple Yadav, are among top candidates

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