Patna: Some Bihar Lok Sabha seats go to polls in the seventh phase. Let us take a look at the Buxar Sasaram Karakat Jahanabad seats that are among the constituencies going to polls on May 19.
Buxar: This constituency was a vote-bank bastion of the Congress in its formative years, before being consecutively won by the BJP from 1996 to 2004. BJP’s Ashwini Kumar Chowbey is the sitting MP who is defending his seat from RJD’s Jagadanand Singh. The RJD is in an alliance with the Congress and HAM(S) among others.
Sasaram: It is reserved for candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes. Situated in the Rohtas district, Sasaram is one of politically historic seats. Babu Jagjivan Ram, who was a Deputy Prime Minister of India, represented this constituency. His daughter Meira Kumar was also elected from here. She was also the country’s first woman Speaker to Lok Sabha. In 2014, Kumar lost to BJP’s Chhedi Paswan. This year, the two parties are repeating their candidates.
Karakat: Karakat is situated within the Rohtas district, which is presently part of the Red Corridor, owing to frequent Naxalite-Maoist interference. The Rohtas district, which was once an industrial hub, has regressed economically, owing to the insurgency. In 2014, Upendra Kushwaha of Rashtriya Lok Samta Party had defeated RJD’s Kanti Singh. This year, the NDA has fielded JD(U)’s Mahabali Singh. RLSP is fighting as part of the Grand Alliance and Kushwaha would be defending his seat.
Jahanabad: Jahanabad has been in the news because of insurgency. All major economic growth and infrastructural facilities in this region have been hampered due to frequent attacks of the Naxals. Sitting MP is Arun Kumar of RLSP who defeated RJD’s Surendra Yadav. This time around though, since the RLSP is fighting as part of Grand Alliance, RJD is again taking its chance with Yadav against JD(U)’s Chandeshwar Prasad Chandravanshi.