The voting for the seven-phased Uttar radesh Assembly elections 2017 ended on March 8. Parties like Bharatiya Janata Party, Samajwadi Party in alliance with Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal put their efforts to lure voters of the region. While the ongoing polls were said to be a mid-term test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government att he Centre, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has also left no stones unturned to retain his post in the state.
Emerging as a duo of young-leaders, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi joined forces to take on their opposition including BJP, BSP and the RLD. Upping the ante against the ruling party in the state, PM Modi and his team has repeatedly attacked SP for the law and order failure in UP and termed the SP rule as ‘vikas ka vanvas’ (exile of development). Mayawati-led BSP was also not a push over in the triangular contest.
Number of voters
As per the Election Commission, Meerut constituency has a total of 2,78,845 registered voters, including 1,52,617 males and 1,26,209 females.
What are the key issues
Meerut is in an important constituency in the western UP region. The constituency witnessed a tough political battle and none of the parties looked confident enough to claim victory. Employment, traders’ issues, crime and corruption are some of the crucial issues faced by people in the state.
Who was the winner last time
BJP defeated Samajwadi Party by a margin of 6,278 votes to win this constituency in 2012 Assembly elections. Laxmikant Bajpai won the constituency with 68,154 votes, followed by Rafeeq Ansari of Samajwadi Party who got 61,876 votes. The voter turnout was 64.26 per cent.
Why is this constituency important
The seat was considered safe for the BJP on the back of a large concentration of the trading community, but post demonetisation the faith of the voters seem to have shaken and it was tough to predict who would win majority votes.