Fourth phase of UP poll to seal fate of Sonia Gandhi, Rajnath Singh

Apr 29 2014, 21:52 IST
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SummaryPolling for 14 seats in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh would be held tomorrow to decide the fate of 233 candidates

Polling for 14 seats in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh would be held tomorrow to decide the fate of 233 candidates, including political heavyweights Sonia Gandhi and Rajnath Singh.

Three Union Ministers and chairperson of a national commission are also in the fray in this phase which covers Bundelkhand region and parts of central UP.

The focus would be on Rae Bareli and Lucknow Lok Sabha seats from where Congress President Sonia Gandhi and BJP President Rajnath Singh are in the fray.

Sonia, who is contesting from her traditional Rae Bareli, has no major contestant against her with SP deciding not to field its candidate against her.

The prestigious Lucknow Lok Sabha seat, which is in limelight with the entry of BJP national president Rajnath Singh in the fray, is set to witness a tricky contest.

Rajnath, who is facing a four-cornered fight, has two tasks at hand - first to maintain legacy of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and second to ensure a victory margin matching with his political stature.

Ever since the Ram temple movement, BJP has never lost the Lucknow seat. The people of the city had elected Vajpayee for five-times on the trot between 1991 to 2004.

Rajnath, a sitting MP from Ghaziabad, is facing challenge from former UP Congress state president and sitting MLA Rita Bahuguna Joshi.

Joshi contested the 2009 Lok Sabha election, but lost to Lalji Tandon of BJP by a margin of 37,000 votes. Minister of State in Akhilesh government Abhishek Mishra and minister in previous BSP government Nakul Dubey are also in fray.

Mohanlalganj, which is adjacent to Lucknow seat, is witnessing a triangular fight between two former ministers Kaushal Kishore, R K Chaudhary and sitting SP MP Sushila Saroj.

While Kaushal Kishore is contesting on BJP ticket, Chaudhary has been fielded by BSP.

In Kanpur, Union Coal Minister Sriprakash is facing stiff competition from former BJP national president Murli Manohar Joshi, who has shifted from Varanasi after Narendra Modi decided to contest from the holy city.

Election in Bundelkhand has heated up with the entry of former Madhya pradesh Chief Minister and sitting BJP MLA from Charkhari Uma Bharti.

Bharti is pitted against Union Minister of State for Rural Development Pradeep Jain Aditya, who would be trying to retain his seat.

Bharti, who is banking largely on a Modi wave, is promising to

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