1. UP elections: ‘Gandhi Parivar’ extends support to BJP

UP elections: ‘Gandhi Parivar’ extends support to BJP

Sonia Gandhi has voted, but for whom? Switching sides is not a new concept in Indian politics.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: February 20, 2017 10:42 PM
sanjay gandhi, rahul gandhi, sonia gandhi vote, voting by gandhi family of lucknow The family has two brothers Rajiv Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi, latter’s wife’s name is Sonia Gandhi. (IE)

Anything is possible in political tussle. And when it comes to politics in Uttar Pradesh, most amazing things take place. Switching sides is not a new concept in Indian politics. The Gandhi family of Lucknow, which has its members named similar to India’s first political family, has extended its support to Bharatiya Janata Party this time. Three members of the family are named after members of country’s politically powerful Gandhi family. The family has two brothers Rajiv Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi, latter’s wife’s name is Sonia Gandhi. Sanjay,45, who  is a voter from Lucknow Central, feels Congress has no political future in the state without Samajwadi Party support, Deccan Herald reported. While Dainik Jagran reported that “moved by centre’s affective policies”, the family this time extended its support to BJP.

The Gandhi family shifted to Lucknow after Partition in 1947. Polling in Lucknow was held today along with 10 other districts covering 69 Assembly constituencies that figured in the crucial phase-III of the staggered polls. While the other Gandhi, Rajiv, is a voter from Lucknow Cant, where Rita Bahuguna Joshi, who recently joined BJP, is pitted against Aparna Yadav, the younger daughter-in-law of SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav. This time a direct contest between SP and BJP is expected in Lucknow.

Lucknow was one of the 67 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh which voted in second of seven-phased Assembly elections. All major political parties including Samajwadi Party, Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and others tried their best in second round. Stakes were high  for the ruling Samajwadi Party as it hold 34 seats in this constituency.

The constituencies, in round 2 of the Assembly polls, are spread across 11 districts including Saharanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Bareilly, Amroha, Pilibhit, Kheri, Shahjahanpur and Badaun. While the ongoing polls are considered as a litmus test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his three years long regime, UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has participated in rallies and roadshows to connect with the voters in this region.

 

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