As the dates of the General Lok Sabha elections are approaching, curiosity to know more about candidates is increasing. The elections are scheduled to take place in nine phases from 7th April till 12th May. Following are the few candidates who will face tough competition and worth watching.
Arvind Kejriwal vs Narendra Modi – The biggest fight that we are going to see in 2014 Lok Sabha election would be between Arvind Kejriwal (AAP) and Narendra Modi (BJP). The battle field would be the ‘holy city’ Varanasi as they have declared to contest against each other from that place.
Narendra Modi is the prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) whereas Arvind Kejriwal is the chief of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Along with Varanasi, Narendra Modi is also going to contest from Vadodara, his home constituency. Modi for the first time has attacked Arvind Kejriwal during his entire poll campaign by calling him AK- 49 and said that AK is being praised in Pakistan along with AK-47 and AK Anthony. Contesting from Varanasi is a strategic decision for BJP as party wants to influence voters from other neighboring regions like Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Modi is well versed with politics and chief minister of Gujarat since 2001.
Arvind Kejriwal was an IRS officer, then a social activist before entering into the politics with an objective to clean the system and making it corruption free. He was the chief minister of Delhi for 49 days. Kejriwal and his party showed a zero tolerance towards corruption. The AAP has declared to contest from 350 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He attacked Modi by calling him an ‘agent’ of industrial tycoons. Kejriwal even added that if Modi would come into power more and more land will be taken away from the farmers and given to the big industrialists.
Sushma Swaraj vs Lakshman Singh
Another prominent fight would be between senior BJP leader and the former chief minister of Delhi and minister in Haryana government, Sushma Swaraj and Congress leader Laxman Singh.
Sushma Swaraj was the minister in the NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. She has the experience of serving both the Houses of the Parliament. She became the leader of the opposition in 2009. In 1999 Swaraj lost her seat in Bellary, Karnataka to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Laxman Singh’s political journey started from Raghogarh municipality in 1987. He won seat from Rajgarh constituency both during his membership in Congress (won four times) and BJP (won once). He joined BJP in 2004 after quitting Congress. He was then pushed out of the party for criticizing Nitin Gadkari, the then president of the party.
Arun Jaitley vs Amarinder Singh
Amritsar in this Lok Sabha election is going to be the hotspot because of the direct competition between the leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley of BJP and the former chief minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh.
Capt Amarinder Singh was not ready to contest from Amritsar but then gave his consent. Son of the former Maharaja of Patiala, Yadavondra Singh and Mohinder Kaur he was an MLA from Patiala Constituency. He was the member of Congress but left the party during Operation Blue Star.
Arun Jaitley is contesting for the first time and at the seat of three-time sitting MP Navjot Singh Sidhu. He is the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha. He is a lawyer by profession and well versed with politics.
Ajit Singh vs Satyapal Singh
Uttar Pradesh will contribute 80 seats in Lok Sabha and Baghpat is one of the constituencies. The big fight is between RLD leader Ajit Singh and a BJP leader Satyapal Singh.
The former Mumbai police commissioner and the IPS officer of the 1980 batch and now the member of the BJP, Satyapal Singh is the first officer who left his post to join politics. After coming to politics his main focus would be the development. He said that Modi wave will help him winning from Baghpat. As a police officer he loves challenges.
Ajit Singh is the son of the former prime minister of India, Chaudhary Charan Singh. He has a strong position in Baghpat so it will be bit difficult for Ajit Singh. He demanded for a separate state, Harit Pradesh in western UP. He was the President of Lok Dal which later merged into Janata Party. This later merged into the Congress. He is an IIT-Kharagpur alumnus and a software engineer by profession.
Other contestants who are interesting to follow in the Lok Sabha elections will surely be the Congress President and Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Sonia Gandhi is going to contest from Rae Bareli. She is a three time winner from Rae Bareli. It looks like their dynastic seat as Indira Gandhi, her mother-in-law was also elected from the same seat.
Rahul Gandhi is standing from Amethi, Uttar Pradesh. It would be third time that he is going to contest from that seat.
BJP president Rajnath Singh is going to contest elections from the Lucknow seat.
Nandan Nilekani, is a Congress candidate from Bangalore South Constituency. Earlier he was the Chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
Shatrughan Sinha is going to re-contest from Patna Sahib.