13 May 2024

Lok Sabha Election 2024: Key Contests in West Bengal's Fourth Phase of Elections; fate of Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Shatrughan Sinha, Mahua Moitra to be sealed today

Lok Sabha Election 2024: In the upcoming fourth phase of polling on May 13, the fate of prominent political figures such as Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Dilip Ghosh, Mahua Moitra, and SS Ahluwalia hangs in the balance across eight Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal.

In this phase, eight Lok Sabha constituencies, namely Baharampur, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Bardhaman Purba, Bardhaman-Durgapur, Asansol, Bolpur, and Birbhum, will play a crucial role in determining the political landscape of West Bengal.

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury pitted against Yusuf Pathan in Baharampur

Baharampur will witness a contest between Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of the Congress and Yusuf Pathan of TMC. One factor contributing to the Trinamool's departure from the INDIA bloc in West Bengal was the Baharampur constituency. Adhir Chowdhury, a Congress representative, has held this seat in the Lok Sabha since 1999. Allegedly, Mamata Banerjee opposed the Congress retaining control of this constituency, leading to a breakdown in seat-sharing negotiations between the Congress and TMC in West Bengal.

Shatrughan Sinha faces SS Ahluwalia in Asansol

SS Ahluwalia, a former Union minister and two-time MP, is a fresh face in Asansol's political landscape as a candidate. Meanwhile, Trinamool's Shatrughan Sinha holds the seat, having emerged victorious in the 2022 by-election following Babul Supriyo's resignation from the BJP.

Dilip Ghosh pitted against Kirti Azad in Bardhaman-Durgapur

In the constituency currently represented by BJP's SS Ahluwalia, both Dilip Ghosh and Kirti Azad are newcomers. Ahluwalia secured victory in 2019 by a narrow margin. Now, BJP's Dilip Ghosh is set to contest against Trinamool's Kirti Azad, while CPM has nominated Sukriti Ghoshal.

Dilip Ghosh, a seasoned BJP figure in Bengal, is known for hid controversial remarks. Previously serving as BJP's state president, Ghosh was tasked with establishing a party stronghold in Andaman.

Mahua Moitra faces Amrita Roy in Krishnanagar

In December last year, Mahua Moitra was ousted from the Lok Sabha due to her involvement in a bribery scandal related to parliamentary questions. Now, she aims to reclaim her seat in Krishnanagar and return to Parliament. Standing in her way is Amrita Roy, nominated by the BJP. Roy hails from the esteemed royal lineage of Krishnanagar, with her husband Soumish Chandra Roy tracing his ancestry back to Maharaja Krishnachandra Roy after whom Krishnanagar was named. Krishnanagar has been with the Trinamool since 2009.

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