Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Prakash Ambedkar Releases First List of 37 Candidates, Keeps Solapur Seats and Akola Empty
Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi chief Prakash Yashwant Ambedkar. (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Mumbai, March 15: Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar’s party Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi’s (VBA) on Friday released their first list of 37 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The list of candidates has been released by the party after the alliance between the VBA and Congress failed in Maharashtra.

With speculations rising that Ambedkar would contest either from Solapur or Akola constituency, the released list has no mention in it. In fact, the seats are left vacant, and is expected that the party would contest its safest candidates from the seat as it considered as a bastion of the party – claiming to represent Dalit community in Maharashtra. Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Prakash Ambedkar Jolts Congress, Set to Contest From Solapur. 

Earlier, in the list – released by the Congress – former chief minister of Maharashtra Sushil Kumar Shinde has been given the ticket for Solapur. It is the same seat where Ambedkar and Congress had been discussing on for weeks. Though it was won by BJP’s Sharad Bansode in 2014, Congress is planning to make a comeback from the seat.

Here’s the full list of candidates:

Phase 1 Lok Sabha Elections (Date: April 11, 2019)
Sl no  PC  Candidate Name
1 Wardha Dhanraj Vanjari
2 Ramtek Kiran Rodge
3 Nagpur
4 Bhandara  Gondiya NK Nahne
5 Gadchiroli Chimur Dr Rakesh Gajbe
6 Chandrapur Rajendra Mahadole
7 Yavatmal-Washim Prof. Pravin Pawar
Phase 2 Lok Sabha Elections (Date: April 18, 2019)
Sl no  PC  Candidate Name
8 Buldhana Baliram Siraskar
9 Akola
10 Amravati Gunwat Deopare
11 Hingoli Mohan Rathore
12 Nanded Prof. Yashpal Bhige
13 Parbhani Alamgir Khan Akhil Mohd Khan
14 Beed Prof. Vidhnu Jadhav
15 Osmanabad Arjun Salgar
16 Latur Ram Garkar
17 Solapur
Phase 3 Lok Sabha Elections (Date: April 23, 2019)
Sl no  PC  Candidate Name
18 Jalgaon Anjali Ratnakar Baviskar
19 Raver Nitin Kandelkar
20 Jalna Dr Saradchandra Wankhede
21 Aurangabad
22 Raigad Suman Koli
23 Pune Anil Jadhav
24 Baramati Navnath Padalkar
25 Ahmednagar
26 Madha Vijay More
27 Sangli Jaisingh Shedge
28 Satara Sahdeo Awle
29 Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg Maruti Ramchandra Joshi
30 Kolhapur Dr Aruna Mali
31 Hatkanangle Aslam Badshahji Sayyad
Phase 4 Lok Sabha Elections (Date: April 29, 2019)
Sl no  PC  Candidate Name
32 Nandurbar Dajmal Gajmal More
33 Dhule
34 Dindori Bapu Kelu Badde
35 Nashik Pawan Pawar
46 Palghar Suresh Arjun Padwi
47 Bhiwandi Dr. AD Sawant
48 Kalyan
49 Thane Mallikarjun Pujari
40 Mumbai North
41 Mumbai North-West Sambhaji Shivaji Kashid
42 Mumbai North-East
43 Mumbai North-Central
44 Mumbai South–Central Dr Sanjay Bhonsale
45 Mumbai South Dr Anil Kumar
46 Maval Rajaram Patil
47 Shirur
48 Shirdi Dr Arun Sable

Considering the strength of the party and Dalit uprising in the state, VBA has fielded Anil Jadhav from Pune, Dajmal Gajmal More from Nandurbar, Suman Koli from Raigad, Maruti Ramchandra Joshi from Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, Arjun Salgar from Osmanabad and Dr Saradchandra Wankhede from Baramati.

The Lok Sabha Elections in Maharashtra will take place in first four phases – April 11, 18, 23 and 29. The results would be announced on May 23.