Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections are into its second phase in 67 crucial constituencies of the western region of the state. 45 per cent voter turnaround has been recorded so far. Spread over 11 districts of western UP, voting is taking place amid tight security arrangements in places like Saharanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Bareilly, Amroha, Pilibhit, Kheri, Shahjahanpur and Badaun. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s initiative such as ‘demonetisation’ and ‘achhe din’ will be under a litmus test in the ongoing polls, ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) is too trying its best to retain the lead here. SP had won 34 seats here during the 2012 Assembly elections. After months long high-decibel campaigns, parties have proposed an extensive development manifesto for the next 5 years. While the incumbent CM Akhilesh Yadav has blamed PM Modi of fooling people in the name of ‘achhe din’, his party is largely banking upon development agenda with his ‘Kaam Bolta Hai’ campaign. Even PM Modi had been critical about Akhilesh and blamed him for not working towards the development of the state.
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Making it a triangular battle, BSP chief Mayawati has also been aggressive with her back to back rallies in the state. During her rallies, the she had attacked both BJP and SP on the issues of development and demonetisation. Attacking PM Modi, Mayawati had also said that the BJP government is interfering with the personal law of Muslims and ending reservation for backward communities.
Etawah Lok Sabha constituency is one of the 80 Lok Sabha (parliamentary) constituencies in Uttar Pradesh state in northern India. It is an open constituency and is reserved for scheduled castes.
Number of voters
As pet the Election Commission data, Etawah has 3,39,750 registered electorates. It has 1,87,147 male and 1,52,603 female registered voters.
What are the key issues
Development and employment are the key issues in this constituency. Education facilities are also poor here and people feel that more than laptops and smartphones, fundamental issue should be taken care of.
Who was the winner last time
During the 2012 Assembly elections, SP defeated BSP by a margin of 6,264 votes to win this seat. Raghuraj Singh Shakya from SP bagged 74,874 votes followed by BSP’s Mahendra Singh Rajpoot who got 68,610 votes. The voter turnout was 58.97 per cent.
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Who are the competing candidates
Ballu Choudhri (BSP), Sarita Bhadauriya (BJP), Amar Singh (CPM) and Kuldeep Gupta (SP).
Why this constituency is important?
This pocket borough of SP former president Mulayam Singh Yadav and his extended family will vote in the third phase of the ongoing assembly polls on February 19. Etawah is one of the regions that has been impacted by the SP family-feud in ticket distribution. CM Akhilesh has replaced two sitting MLAs who were Mulayam loyalist. With the ongoing fued in the family, BSP can expect higher chances of victory in this constituency.