The final stage of voting for the Phase 1 of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017 are over now and the fate of candidates contesting for 73 seats of the western part of UP are locked in the ballot boxes. Parties like Bharatiya Janata Party, Samajwadi Party in alliance with Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal etc. have put the best of their efforts to lure voters of this region. While the ongoing polls are said to be a mid-term test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government as it is now into the third year of rule, UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has also left no stones unturned in order to retain his ruling position in the state.
Emerging as a duo of young-leaders, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and Congress VP Rahul Gandhi have joined forces to take on their oppositions including BJP, BSP and the RLD here. As many as 839 candidates, including main contenders from BJP, BSP, Congress-Samajwadi party and RLD, are in fray for the seats in 15 districts of the region where 26,823 polling stations have been set up.
Strengthening up its ante against the ruling party in the state, PM Modi and his team has widely criticised SP for the law and order failure in UP and termed SP rule as ‘vikas ka vanvas’ (exile of development). Even Mayawati-led BSP has made it a crucial triangular competition in UP polls.
Number of voters
As per the Election Commission data, Meerut constituency has a total of 2,78,845 registered voters. 1,52,617 out of this are male and 1,26,209 are female voters here.
What are the key issues
Along with other prospective seats in the state, Meerut is crucial given the fact that is fall under the western UP region. The constituency is witnessing a tough political battle and none of the parties looks confident enough to claim victory.
Who was the winner last time
BJP defeated the Samajwadi Party by a margin of 6,278 votes to win this constituency in 2012 Assembly elections. Laxmikant Bajpai won the constituency with 68,154 votes. Laxmikant Bajpai in total bagged 68,154 votes followed by Rafeeq Ansari of Samajwadi Party who got 61,876 votes. The voter turnout was 64.26 per cent.
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Why is this constituency important
The seat that was comparatively considered safe for the BJP on the back of a large concentration of the trading community, but post demonetisation the faith of the voters seem to have shaken and its tough to predict who will bag the majority here.