Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017: BSP, BJP, and Congress-SP alliance left no stones unturned to win big in the politically crucial state. A tough fight was expected from the start among the competing parties. The seven-phased Assembly elections concluded on March 8. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, BSP chief Mayawati and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi put their all efforts in what was being called the semi-final of 2019 general elections.
The Samajwadi Party under Akhilesh Yadav’s leadership banked upon development agenda, with CM’s ‘Kaam Bolta Hai’ campaign, while PM Modi urged voters to end the ‘vikas ka vanvas’ (exile of development) and projected demonetisation as an attack on corruption. Modi and BJP accused SP and BSP of plundering the state over the years and targeted the SP-Congress alliance, saying the two had come together to save themselves. Joining hands with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav led the SP assault, as party patriarch Mulayam kept himself away following a family feud.
Here we take a look at the Azamgarh constituency:
Number of voters
As per the Election Commission of India, Azamgarh has a total of 3,41,273 registered voters. It comprises 1,89,034 male and 1,52,220 female registered voters.
Who won the elections last time
In the 2012 Assembly elections, Samajwadi Party’s Durga Prasad Yadav won this constituency by a formidable margin of 31,441 votes. Yadav bagged 93,629 votes. The runner-up was Sarvesh Singh Sipu of Bahujan Samaj Party who got 62,188 votes. The voter turnout was 54.45 %.
Who all are contesting elections
DURGA PRASAD (Samajwadi Party), BHUPENDRA (Bahujan Samaj Party), PATIRAM (Rashtriya Lok Dal), AKHILESH (Bharatiya Janata Party)
Why it is important
Azamgarh is constituency No. 347 of Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly. Situated in Azamgarh district, it falls under Azamgarh Lok Sabha constituency. It is an open constituency. The city has an infamous record of clashes between local groups. It is an area which lacks development. Women’s safety and security have been the cause of concern here.
Crime against women has been the key election issue here. It is one area which awaits development in all forms. Law and order situation, Human Development Index, health services, women empowerment, education etc are the key issues here. Locals expect the new government to be serious on such issues.