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Lok Sabha elections: Smriti Irani to again take on Rahul Gandhi from Amethi

Irani had lost to Gandhi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls but was seen to have put up a spirited fight

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Lok sabha elections 2019
Union Minister Smriti Irani

Several parliamentary constituencies are set to witness high-profile contest this election with the announcing its first list of candidates and fielding Union minister against president in

Irani had lost to Gandhi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls but was seen to have put up a spirited fight.

The has earlier announced the candidature of Gandhi from in Uttar Pradesh.

In 2014, Gandhi (4,08,651 votes) defeated Irani (3,00,748) by 1,07,903 votes.

Besides this, the BJP's first list also set the stage for a high-octane battle in several constituencies such as Mumbai North Central, where BJP's youth wing President Poonam Mahjan will again take on Congress's candidate Priya Dutt.

Mahajan, the daughter of late leader Pramodh Mahajan had defeated Dutt, the daughter of former Union minister Sunil Dutt, in the 2014 general election.

A similar battle is expected in the Muzaffarnagar Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh where the has pitted former Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan against the SP-BSP-RLD alliance candidate Ajit Singh. Singh heads the RLD.

Both, Balyan, the sitting MP, and Singh are Jats, which is a dominant caste in the western UP constituency.

The BJP released its first list of the candidates for 184 Lok Sabha constituencies which includes Prime Minister from Varanasi, party chief from Gandhinagar and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh from Lucknow.

The will be conducted in seven phases starting from April 11 and will continue till May 19. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.

First Published: Thu, March 21 2019. 22:05 IST
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