Patna Sahib election 2019 result: Both Shatrughan Sinha (Congress) and Ravi Shankar Prasad (BJP) hail from Bihar and come from Kayastha caste. The Patna Sahib seat is also considered a safe seat for the candidates from the Kayastha community.
Patna Sahib Lok Sabha election result 2019: Senior BJP leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad retained the Patna Sahib seat for the saffron party on Thursday, beating sitting MP Shatrughan Sinha in fray on a Congress ticket by a margin of 2.84 lakh votes. Prasad, a member of the Rajya Sabha, polled a whopping 61.85% of the total votes. Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha had joined the Congress just ahead of the elections after he was denied a ticket by the BJP for his repeated attacks on the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and president Amit Shah. Sinha was associated with the BJP since the early 90s and had won the seat in 2009 and 2014 by margins of over one lakh votes.
Located in Patna district, the constituency covers six Assembly segments — Bakhtiarpur, Digha, Bankipur, Kumhrar, Patna Sahib and Fatuha. Out of the six Assembly seats, five of them have BJP MLAs and one has an RJD MLA (Fatuha). Until 2008, there was only one parliamentary seat in Patna district – Patna. However, the district was awarded two seats (Pataliputra and Patna Sahib) in 2008 after the delimitation process in the same year.
PATNA SAHIB RESULT UPDATES:
Final Result: Ravi Shankar Prasad wins by a margin of 2.84 lakh votes.
2.25 pm: BJP candidate and union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad takes huge lead against his rival Shatrughan Sinha. While Prasad has got 298,294 votes, Sinha is struggling with 148,573.
1.03 pm: Ravi Shankar Prasad maintains his lead against Congress candidate Shatrughan Sinha.
10.43 am: BJP candidate and union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is leading with a margin of 42,560 votes from Patna Sahib against Congress candidate Shatrughan Sinha. Sinha is trailing behind with 44474 votes so far.
8 am: Counting of votes begins at different counting centres in Patna Sahib amid tight security. The constituency went to polls in the last phase on May 19.
The Patna Sahib seat was held by actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha between 2009 and 2019. The two-time Lok Sabha MP from Patna Sahib had defeated RJD’s Vijay Kumar by over 1.65 lakh votes in 2009 and Congress’ Kunal Singh by over 2.65 lakh votes in 2014. This time, however, equations have changed and Sinha who joined the Congress in April faced a direct challenge from his ex-party colleague and outgoing Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Sinha entered politics by contesting a by-election to New Delhi parliamentary seat against Congress’ Rajesh Khanna in 1991. He, however, lost to Khanna by a margin of 25,000 votes. He was a member of Rajya Sabha between 1996 and 2008. Sinha is seeking election for the consecutive term from Patna Sahib but on a Congress ticket.
On the other hand, Prasad is contesting Lok Sabha elections for the first time. Prasad, a designated senior advocate in the Supreme Court, has been a member of Rajya Sabha since 2000. He had also served as MoS for Coal and Mines during the Vajpayee government.
Both Sinha and Prasad hail from Bihar and come from Kayastha caste. The Patna Sahib seat is also considered a safe seat for the candidates from the Kayastha community. The BJP is hopeful that upper caste voters will once again vote in favour of its candidate.
According to Election Commission data, Patna Sahib had 19,46,249 registered electors (1,052,278 male and 893,971 female). The constituency saw a 45.33% turnout in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. This time, the total turnout was 43.10%. The constituency has a sizeable population of upper castes and Sikhs who are a traditional supporter of the BJP.
Prasad and the BJP have left no stone unturned during the campaigning. On May 11, BJP president Amit Shah held a roadshow to seek support for Prasad. Also, yoga guru Baba Ramdev campaigned for Prasad and accompanied him at the time of filing nomination papers. Prasad also visited different localities and villages and has managed to establish personal communication with the people. Interestingly, the VVPAT system with EVMs was used for the first time in Patna Sahib during the 2014 general elections.