After the months long high-decibel campaigning that ended on Monday evening, voting for the phase 2 of the Assembly elections started today in 67 constituencies of western Uttar Pradesh. As many as 720 candidates are in the fray as voting is being held across 11 districts including Saharanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Bareilly, Amroha, Pilibhit, Kheri, Shahjahanpur and Badaun. While the ongoing Assembly elections is touted to be a litmus test for Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s initiative such as ‘demonetisation’ and ‘achhe din’, the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) is too trying its best to retain the lead here. During the 2012 Assembly polls, SP bagged 34 seats. Parties are high on heels with their attacks and accusation on their counterparts. Incumbent CM Akhilesh Yadav has blamed PM Modi of fooling people in the name of ‘achhe din’ as the SP is largely banking upon development agenda with his ‘Kaam Bolta Hai’ campaign. Even PM Modi had been critical about Akhilesh and blamed his government for not working towards the development of the state.
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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. Taking a jibe at the ruling party in the state, Mayawati had said that current government is solely responsible for the failure of law-and-order in the state.
Kannauj Lok Sabha constituency is one of the 80 Lok Sabha (parliamentary) constituencies in Uttar Pradesh state in northern India. It is an open constituency.
Number of voters
Kannauj has 3,87,439 registered electorates.
What are the key issues
Development and employment are the key issues in this constituency.
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Who was the winner last time
During the 2012 Assembly elections, SP defeated BSP by a margin of a massive 45,682 votes to win this seat. Anil Kumar Dohre from SP bagged 95,702 votes followed by BSP’s Mahendra Nim Dohre who got 50,020 votes.
Who are the competing candidates
Anurag Singh (BSP), Banwari Lal Dohare (BJP), Anil Kumar Dohare (SP), Anil Kumar and Dohare (IND).