UP Polls 2017: State is yet to witness the most interesting battle
The Prominent candidates in this phase include BSP turncoat Swami Prasad Maurya from Padrauna (Kushinagar), former BJP state president Surya Pratap Shahi from Pathardeva (Deoria), Shyam Bahadur Yadav (SP), son of former Governor Ram Naresh Yadav from Fulpur Pawai
Lucknow: The UPiites would be witnessing the most interesting electoral battle of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections almost during the winding up phases of the polls. The second last phase of UP polls is likely to turn into a vital battlefield between the major knights of the political war, namely, the Samajwadi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party.
With a number of 49 assembly seats of 7 districts going to polls on Saturday (March 4), almost 1.72 crore voters may exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 635 candidates and the major focus would lay on Samajwadi Party Patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Lok Sabha constituency Azamgarh and the LS constituency of Bharatiya Janata Party’s firebrand leader Yogi Adityanath in Gorakhpur.
Azamgarh has 10 assembly seats, of which SP had won nine in 2012, but this time Mulayam has not addressed a single meeting in his parliamentary constituency.
While the SP patron has not actively participated in these polls, reason may be the internal feud or alliance with the Congress, which was done against his will, the poll campaign for the phase witnessed BJP’S MP from Gorakhpur lashing out some controversial religious comments in his campaigns. Besides Adityanath, the prestige of Union minister Kalraj Mishra, who represents Deoria in the Lok Sabha, will also be at stake.
Another interesting fight would be seen in the district of Mau where the SP has fielded jailed gangster-turned-MLA Mukhtar Ansari from the Mau assembly seat. While Mukhtar is contesting from Mau, his son Abbas is in fray from adjoining Ghosi seat in Mau district.
The sixth phase will also cover certain districts bordering Nepal and out the total voting population is comprised of 94.60 lakh male and 77.84 lakh female. There will be 17,926 polling booths in this phase
The districts that would go to polls in this phase are: Mau, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Gorakhpur, Deoria, Azamgarh, and Ballia.
The Prominent candidates in this phase include BSP turncoat Swami Prasad Maurya from Padrauna (Kushinagar), former BJP state president Surya Pratap Shahi from Pathardeva (Deoria), Shyam Bahadur Yadav (SP), son of former Governor Ram Naresh Yadav from Fulpur Pawai (Azamgarh), SP turncoats Ambika Chowhdury and Narai Rai, who are contesting on BSP ticket from Fefna (Ballia) and Ballia Sadar.
The highest number of candidates is in Gorakhpur constituency with 23 nominees being in the fray and the lowest of seven candidates are on Mohammadabad Gohna seat in Mau district.
It could be recalled that in the 2012 Assembly polls, of these 49 seats, 27 were won by the SP, 9 by BSP, 7 by BJP, 4 by Congress and 2 by others.