Lucknow Lok Sabha candidates: Will city of Nawabs root for veteran, greenhorn or controversial godman?

The Congress has fielded self-styled spiritual leader Acharya Pramod Krishnam, while the Samajwadi Party ticket has gone to celebrity candidate Poonam Sinha as the two take on incumbent MP and Home Minister Rajnath Singh in a bid for the Lucknow seat. Know more about all Lucknow candidates here.

Lucknow Lok Sabha (Parliamentary) Constituency comprises five assembly constituencies – Lucknow West, Lucknow North, Lucknow East, Lucknow Central and Lucknow Cantt.

Being the capital of India’s most populous state,Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow is one of the most important political seats in the country. It saw two noted women freedom fighters – Vijayalakshmi Pandit and Sheorajvati Nehru – as its first two MPs in the first ever Lok Sabha; both were incidentally relatives of Jawaharlal Nehru, then PM of India. Lucknow is also the home constituency of ex-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who was elected to the LS from here five times starting 1991 General Elections. Since then, it has been a stronghold of the BJP.

According to the website of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Uttar Pradesh, as of 31st January 2019, the constituency had a total of 19,58,847 voters – 10,54,133 male, 9,04,628 female and 86 others. 1826 polling booths will be set up to enable these voters to cast their vote.

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2014 Lok Sabha Elections

In the 2014 elections, of the 19.49,956 registered voters (10.52 lakh men and 8.97 lakh women), only 53.02% i.e. around 10.33 lakh cast their votes (5.82 lakh men and 4.51 lakh women).

Candidate Name Party Votes secured % vote share

(over total polled)

Raj Nath Singh BJP 561106 54.23
Prof. Ritu Bahuguna Joshi Indian National Congress 288357 27.87
Nakul Dubey BSP 64,449 6.23
Abhishek Mishra SP 56,771 5.49
NOTA 4,696 0.45

Source: ECI

Know your Candidates

Fifteen candidates are contesting from Lucknow this time, of whom only three are independents while the remaining 12 represent political parties / groups. Links to their affidavits can be found towards the end of this article.

The final list of candidates is after the Election Commission of India (ECI) rejected nominations of 36 people (total of 49 applications with some people filing twice or more). Only one woman is contesting from the constituency this time.

Rajnath Singh, BJP

Rajnath Singh of the BJP is the incumbent MP from this seat. An ex-Chief Minister of UP (2000-02), a member of the Rajya Sabha twice, and a Cabinet Minister during the Vajpeyee era, he is currently the Home Minister of India.

Pic: Facebook page

Assets and liabilities

Year Assets (Movable + Fixed; Self + Spouse + Dependents) Liabilities Self + Spouse + Dependents)
Lok Sabha 2019 5.15 Crores+

(MA: 164.58L + 53.03L = 2.17 Cr

FA: 2.97 Crores)

Lok Sabha 2014 2.92+ Crores Nil
Lok Sabha 2009 1.49 Crores Nil

More information about the official positions held by him can be found here.

As a minister, MPs do not sign attendance, ask questions or introduce private member bills. However, an overview of his record in the current term mentions his participation in 126 debates, introduction of 11 government bills and one special mention.

In the News

As the Home Minister, Rajnath Singh has been in the news very often.

Poonam Shatrughan Sinha, SP

Poonam Sinha, a recent entrant into the field of politics, is representing the Samajwadi Party here. Poonam is an actress who acted in a couple of Hindi movies under the name Komal during the 1970s. She officially entered into the world of politics when she joined the SP this April. A resident of Mumbai, she is the SP-BSP-RLD candidate in Lucknow.

Pic: Wikimedia

  • Age: 68 years
  • Edu: BA
  • Background: Wife of Shatrughan Sinha, the actor turned politician who was an MP representing BJP but who moved to the INC a few weeks prior to the current LS elections.
  • Voter in: Andheri West Maharashtra assembly constituency
  • Email:
  • Phone: 98206 03128    022 26207732
  • Pending criminal cases: One. Case 19/2014, Shahjahanpur Police Station, Patna, Bihar. Section 171 (H) / 188 IPC — 1 charge related to illegal payments in connection with an election, AND 1 charge related to disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant

Assets and liabilities

Year Assets (movable + fixed) Liabilities
Lok Sabha 2019 193.54 Crores

(MA: 27.27 Crores

FA: 166.27 Crores)

28.46 Crores

In the News

Within days of filing her nomination, Poonam became known as the richest candidate in the 5th phase of the current Lok Sabha elections.

She is currently campaigning for her husband who is a Congress candidate in Patna Sahib constituency; he in turn is campaigning for her in Lucknow.

Acharya Pramod Krishnam, INC

He is best known as the founder of Shri Kalki foundation, and the Peethadheshwar of Sambhal Peeth. This is the second time he is contesting the LS elections. He had lost to 2014 elections while contesting from Sambhal.  Before he got a Congress ticket in 2014, he had founded the Hindusthan United Movement with Bareilly-based cleric Tauqir Raza.


  • Age: 56 years
  • Education: MA (Social Science)
  • Voter in: Asmauli Parliamentary Constituency, UP
  • Email:
  • Phone: 98112 78149
  • Pending criminal cases: Currently None

Assets and liabilities

Year Assets (Movable + Fixed) Liabilities
Lok Sabha 2019 4.97 Crore

(MA: 47.88 Lakhs

FA: 4.5 Crores)

Lok Sabha 2014 4.99 Crore NIL

In the News

Full list of candidates

(click on a candidate’s name to access his / her affidavit)

Candidate Name Party Symbol
Poonam Shatrughan Sinha (F)

68, Graduate, Business

Samajwadi Party Cycle
Acharya Pramod Krishnam

56, PG, Agriculture

Indian National Congress Hand
Rajnath Singh

67, Post Graduate, Social worker, Agriculturist

Bharatiya Janata Party Lotus
Amar Kumar Raizada

66, M Sc (Chem); LLB; Advocate

Akhil Bharatiya Jan Sangh Battery Torch
Kapil Mohan Chowdhary

47, B Sc (Comp Sc), Business and Agriculture

Mera Adhikaar Rashtriya Dal Boat with man and sail
Ganesh Chaudari

46, Graduate Professional, Insurance Agent /  Investment Consultant

Saaf Party Hat / cap
Girish Narain Pande

64, M Sc (Phy); LLB; MBA; Retired Principal Chief Commissioner Income Tax, ex-Forest Service, Advocate

Sarvodaya Bharat Party Camera
Mo Fahim aka Haji Fahim Siddiqui

65, 10th Pass, Social worker

Indian National League Iron
Dev Narayan Singh aka Prof. D N N S Yadav

59, LLB, LLM, LLD; Professor

People’s Party of India (Democratic) Carrom Board

29, Literate, Driver

All India Forward Bloc Lion
Ram Sagar Pal

37, BA, Social Worker

Awami Samta Party Tractor chalata Kisan
Shamim Khan

49, 8th Pass, Business

Nagrik Ekta Party Television
Avinash Chandra Jain

69, B Sc, Dip in Public Administration; Business

Independent Biscuit
Jimidar Singh Yadav

39, Literate, Labourer (Mazdoori)

Independent Airconditioner
Sanjay Singh Rana

38, Graduate, Business

Independent Auto-rickshaw

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