While assembly elections in Rajasthan will be held later this year, by polls in three parliamentary and two assembly constituencies in Rajasthan and West Bengal will be held in Monday amid tight security.
In Rajasthan elections were held in Alwar and Ajmer parliamentary constituencies and Mandal garh constituency, whereas in West Bengal Uluberia parliamentary and Noapara assembly constituencies go to polls. BJP is eyeing for a major win in Alwar, Ajmer and Uluberia constituencies.
The Uluberia consituency seat in Howrah district fell vacant after the death of Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Sultan Ahmed in September last year, whereas the Noapara assembly seat in the North 24 paraganas fell vacant after the death of Congress MLA Madhusudan Ghosh. Both these seats are going to witness the tight competition between the ruling TMC and BJP and also a little bit of hustle from the CPI (M) trying to regain its old bastions.
Uluberia is one of the Lok Sabha seats of the state with nearly 40 % of Muslim population, a traditional TMC bastion, where it has been in power since 2009.
TMC has fielded deceased Sultan Ahmed’s wife Sajda from this constituency, the CPI (M) led Left Front has fielded Sabiruddin Mulla and Congress has fielded SK Madassar Hussain Warsi. The BJP is the only party to field a Hindu candidate from this constituency and the rest are independents.
In Noapara the TMC has fielded Sunil Singh, Gargi Chatterjee from CPI (M), while Gautam Bose and Sandip Banerjee are contesting from BJP.
Though the Uluberia constituency recorded a Muslim population of 45% in the last census, it has seen a rise in RSS forces over the past few years.
TMC chief Mamata Banerjee’s nephew MP Abhishek Banerjee is the star campaigner from the region, while the BJP has entrusted its senior leaders like Kailash Vijaywargiya, Dilip Ghosh, Rahul Sinha, Mukul Roy and central minister Babul Supriyo for campaigning in this region.
In Rajasthan, while the voting is underway in Alwar, Ajmer and Madalgarh, where the elections were mandatory due to the deaths of BJP MPs and MLAs.
The Rajputs and Gujjars of the region are recently upset over the Vasundhara Raje government administration. There have been some skirmishes against the Rajputs over the release of the controversial period drama Padmavat, while the Gujjars have threatened violence over their demand for reservation.
The Congress is also reported to throw a stiff challenge to BJP as some of the Rajput organisations are offended with the BJP over some minority issues.
According to sources Alwar, Ajmer and Madalgarh constituencies in Rajasthan has witnessed 37.16, 36.54% and 45.08% voting respectively. While Uluberia and Noapara constituencies in West Bengal have noticed 15 % and 17.5 % voting respectively.