As compared to previous years, high voting was recorded in the seven-phased Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017. The politically crucial state witnessed a tough fight among three groups — BJP, BSP and SP-Congress alliance. During the campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi staked his all in fight against SP-Congress alliance and BSP. The Samajwadi Party under Akhilesh Yadav’s leadership banked on a development agenda, with CM’s ‘Kaam Bolta Hai’ campaign. While PM urged voters to end the ‘vikas ka vanvas’ (exile of development) and projected note ban 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 Singh Yadav kept himself away from the family feud, with the two SP, Congress scions locked horns with Modi and BSP supremo Mayawati.
Here we take a look at key issues of crucial constituency of Rampur, which is also known as the bastion of senior SP leader Azam Khan:
Number of voters
According to EC data, Rampur has a total of 3,18,714 registered voters, comprising 1,72,560 males and 1,46,141 females and 13 registered voters in the others category.
What are the key issues
Development is the key issue here. Rampur is all about Azam Khan’s ‘Vikaas’ and popularity in the area. The veteran SP leader has been a eight time MLA from this
constituency which is known for its broad and clean roads and electricity supply. However, people now complain about less employment opportunities in the constituency.
Who was the winner last time
Senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan is an eight-time MLA from Rampur. With the exception of 2007, he has won all the elections here since 1980.
Who are the competing candidates
Azam Khan(SP), Asim Khan (RLD), Shiv Bahadur Saxena (BJP), Dr. Tanveer Ahmad Khan (BSP)
Why this constituency is important?
Rampur, which falls under Rampur district, is the bastion of SP strongman Azam Khan. This has been a stronghold of Azam, and this time, his son Abduallah Azam Khan is also in fray from Swar constituency. The city is known for its broad and clean roads. However, people now complain about less employment opportunities in area.