Uttar Pradesh Elections 2017 are over and all eyes are on results on March 11. The elections are termed as the semi final before the 2014 Lok Sabha. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati have raised the pitch for the polls from Varanasi. Hence, Varanasi South is a critical constituency. BJP would like to keep the 2014 Lok Sabha momentum in the region whereas SP and Congress are dearly want to make inroads. Jibes have been hurled against each other frequently during the campaigning with PM Modi and Rahul and Akhilesh’s roadshows grabbing the eyeballs.Betting on the inconvenience caused to the people due to demonetisation move, the incumbent CM has blamed PM Modi and the BJP government at the Centre for causing unrest not just in UP, but across the country. Congress has recently accused PM Modi of fanning communalism during his campaign speech. Though BJP has not announced its chief ministerial candidate yet, but the saffron party is confident about forming government with full majority. BJP has also blamed SP of acting as a roadblock to the development of the state for years. Mayawati-led BSP has emerged as a strong contender and has made this entire political episode a three-cornered battle. Many experts believe that a large chunk of Muslim votes between SP-Congress alliance and BSP could benefit BJP in the ongoing elections. Such high voter turnout clearly indicates that the electorate is turning out to vote to effect a major change.
BSP chief Mayawati too had wooed the voters in her rallies across the state. She had also blamed the BJP and SP on the issues of development and demonetisation. Further strengthening her ante against PM Modi, Mayawati has accused the BJP government of interfering with the personal law of Muslims and ending reservation for backward communities.
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Lucknow Cantonment Vidhan Sabha constituency is one of 403 legislative assemblies of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly. It comes under the Lucknow Lok Sabha constituency.
Number of voters
According to the Election Commission data, Lucknow Cantonment has 3,20,755 registered voters. It comprises 1,73,740 male and 1,46,998 female registered voters.
What are the key issues
Along with development, clearance of cane dues and law-and-order are among the key issues of the region and every party has promised to address it if voted to power. The civic condition of this region is very poor, with issues like contaminated water supply and encroachment in the narrow lanes. Even the stray animals are a big problems people are facing in this constituency.
Who was the winner last time
The Congress defeated BJP by 21,753 votes to win this constituency during the 2012 Assembly elections. Congress candidate Rita Bahuguna Joshi won the constituency by 63,052 votes followed by Suresh Chandra Tiwari of the BJP who got 41,299 votes. The voter turnout was 50.56 per cent.
Who are the competing candidates
Yogesh Dixit (BSP), Dr Reeta Joshi (BJP), Virendra Kumar Shukla (RLD) and Aparna Yadav (SP)
Why this constituency is important?
The stakes in the region is comparatively higher for both SP and Congress as BJP has fielded Rita Joshi who was lately acquired from the Congress. Party president has field his sister-in-law Aparna Yadav, who was the choice of then president Mulayam Singh Yadav. As per various media reports, many people in Lucknow have said that they would either not vote or opt for NOTA, considering the poor civic amenities here.