As the second phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls ends with a 53 voter turnaround, fate of around 720 candidates are in the fray as voting happened held across 11 districts including Saharanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Bareilly, Amroha, Pilibhit, Kheri, Shahjahanpur and Badaun. SP president and UP Chief Minster Akhilesh Yadav, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati had campaigned extensively for this phase. While the ruling SP is trying its best to retain position as the ruling party, PM Modi has asked the people of the state to give his party one chance to serve the state. SP had bagged 34 seats during the 2012 Assembly election. The incumbent CM in his rallies have criticised PM Modi and the central government for acting as a obstacle in UP’s development. On many occasions, he had asked the BJP to tell the people what it did for the people of the country in the nearly three years that it has been in power at the Centre. The SP is largely banking upon development agenda with his ‘Kaam Bolta Hai’ campaign.
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BSP supremo Mayawati has also made it a high-octane three way contest with her back to back rallies in different parts of the state. During her rallies, the she had aggressively attacked both BJP and SP on the issues of development and demonetisation. BSP has claimed to regain power in the state with full majority.
Banda is constituency No. 235 of the Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly. It is situated in Banda district in Bundelkhand region of the state. It comes under Banda Lok Sabha constituency. It is an open constituency.
Number of voters
As per the Election Commission data, Banda has 2,81,085 registered electorates. It comprises 1,56,788 male and 1,24,287 female registered voters.
What are the key issues
Jobs and education are the key issues of the constituency. They is also a poor law-and-order situation here as they place hardly has any judge or lawyer.
Who was the winner last time
During the 2012 Assembly elections, Congress defeated the BSP by 7,602 votes to win this seat. Vivek Kumar Singh from Congress bagged 49,455 votes followed by Dinesh Chandra Shukla of BSP who got 41,853 votes. The voter turnout was 54.86 per cent.
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Who are the competing candidates
Prakash Dwivedi (BJP), Hasanuddin Siddiqui (SP), Madhusudan and Kushwaha (BSP).
Why this constituency is important?
Banda seems to be the only region where none of the aforementioned parties have grip. The people here are upset with the lotus, the hand, the cycle and the elephant as they claim that none of the parties have done any work for them.