The polling for the seven-phase Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 ended on March 8. The politically crucial state witnessed tough fight among BSP, BJP and SP-Congress alliance. During the campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi staked his enitre political capital in the fight against SP-Congress alliance and BSP. The Samajwadi Party under Akhilesh Yadav’s leadership banked on 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 black money and corruption. Modi and BJP accused the SP and the BSP of plundering the state over the years and targeted the SP-Congress alliance, saying the two had joined hands to save themselves. Allying with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav led the SP assault, while party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav remained away from the campaign following family feud.
Here we take a look at key issues of crucial Mainpuri constituency Mainpuri, which is also considered as the bastion on SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav:
Number of voters
As per Election Commission of India, Mainpuri has 2,90,690 registered voters. It has 1,59,652 male and 1,31,036 female registered voters.
What are the key issues
With feud in Mulayam Singh Yadav’s family, political situation in Mainpuri was a bit different this time. While people here would have always voted for Samajawadi Party without much confusion, the way Akhilesh defeated father Mulayam, was something that left the voters confused. In terms of infrastructure development, Mainpuri has always received adequate electricity supply, availability of good road and healthcare facilities.
Who was the winner last time
In 2012 Assembly elections, Samajwadi Party’s Rajkumar (alias Raju Yadav) defeated Bahujan Samaj Party’s Rama Shakya by 14,209 votes. Raju got 54,990 votes, while Rama Shakya, the nearest contender got 40,781 votes. The voter turnout was 57.60 %.
Who are the competing candidates
SP has once again fielded Rajkumar (Alias Raju Yadav) from this seat. While Maharaj Singh(BSP), Ashok Kumar (BJP), Pradeep Kumar (RLD) are also in fray.
Why this constituency is important?
Mainpuri is the bastion of Uttar Pradesh’s first political family – the family of Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav. The Yadavs have just come out from fierce political battle within the family – something which is the talk of town in Mainpuri. The constituency is a part of Mainpuri district – which has all four assembly seats.