Stakes were high for all leading political parties in the seven-phase Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017. The voting percentage across the regions in the state was high as compared to the last elections. The key parties to watch out for during the elections were Samajwadi Party (SP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The campaigning witnessed some below the belt remarks, with leaders mentioning acronyms like ‘KASAB’ and comments like ‘Kabristan-Shamshan’ in their speeches. Ayodhya was once a home turf for India’s ‘Right’, leading to rapid growth of Bharatiya Janata Party in the national politics. Saffron party’s candidate Lallu Singh held the seat for five consecutive terms till 2012, when it slipped from BJP’s hands to SP’s Pawan Pandey.
Here are the details about Ayodhya constituency:
BSP Mo. Bazmi Siddeke
BJP Ved Prakash Gupta
RLD Dharmendra Kumar Uppadhyay
SP Tej Narayan Pandey Alias Pawan Pandey
Why is Ayodhya important
Ayodhya, which is constituency No. 275 of Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly, once became the turf for India’s right’s, leading to the rise of Bharatiya Janata Party in national politics. Saffron party’s candidate Lallu Singh held the seat for five consecutive terms till 2012, when the seat slipped from BJP to SP’s Pawan Pandey.
BJP changed its candidate for Ayodhya this time. It was a matter of prestige for BJP to take take back this seat from rival SP this time.
Number of registered voters
According to Election Commission of India, Ayodhya has 3,16,722 registered voters including 1,71,217 males and 1,45,496 females. There are also nine registered voters in the Others category.
Who won Ayodhya last time
In the 2012 Assembly elections, Samajwadi Party’s Tej Narayan Pandey, better known as Pawan Pandey, won this constituency by a narrow margin of 5,405 votes. Pandey bagged 55,262 votes, while BJP’s Lallu Singh was the nearest contender with 49,857 votes. The voter turnout was recorded at 60.72 %.