The politically crucial Uttar Pradesh has recently drove into its third out of seven-phased Assembly elections on February 19 in 69 major constituencies and witnessed a decent 61.16 per cent voter turnaround. The state has seen months of high-decibel campaigns and roadshows by leading political party running in fray to gain majority in the state. The elections are considered crucial for the ruling Samajwadi Party and thus, party president and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has put a lot on stake to retain his governance in the state. Making roads tough for SP, Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party has been on toes to form government here. However, UP CM has claimed that the people have voted for the cycle party in heavy numbers in all three phases conducted so far. Fate of 826 candidates from over 105 political parties are in the fray as the third phase of elections took place amid tight security arrangements at 25,603 polling booths. The 12 districts that went for polling on Sunday included Farrukhabad, Kanpur city, Unnao, Lucknow, Etawah, Hardoi, Kannauj, Barabanki, Auraiyya, Sitapur, Mainpuri and Kanpur rural.
All major parties have not left any stone unturned to lure voters and have kept criticising their counterparts. The incumbent CM Akhilesh along with Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi have been aggressively attacking BJP and its star campaigner PM Narendra Modi of causing an unrest in the state with his several inept policies including demonetisation. Congress has recently accused PM Modi of fanning communalism during his campaign speech. Though BJP has still not announced its chief ministerial candidate yet, but the Central party is confident about forming government with full majority. The safforn party has blamed SP of acting as a roadblock to the development of the state for years.
Making it a three-cornered battle, Mayawati-led BSP has emerged as a strong contender lately. Many experts believe that a large chunk of Muslim votes between SP-Congress alliance and BSP could benefit BJP in the ongoing elections in the country’s most populous state. Such high voter turnout clearly indicates that the electorate is turning out to vote to effect a major change.
Pratapgarh Lok Sabha constituency is one of the 80 Lok Sabha parliamentary constituencies in Uttar Pradesh.
Number of voters
As per election commission data, Pratapgarh has 3,07,047 registered voters out of which 1,66,157 are male and 1,40,881 are female registered voters.
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Who was the winner last time
SP won this constituency by a margin of 7,510 votes during the 2012 Assembly elections. Nagendra Singh Yadav from SP bagged 43,754 votes followed by Sanjay of BSP who got 36,244 votes. The voter turnout was 55.27 per cent.
What are the key issues
Development and law-and-order failure are some key issues here.
Who are the competing candidates
Ashok Tripathi (BSP), Nagendra Singh ‘Munna Yadav’ (SP), Atma Prakash (Shiv Sena) and Dharmedra (Rashtriya Lok Dal)
Why this constituency is important?
The constituency has considered as one of SP’s safest zones and the sitting MLA Munna Yadav has a huge voter base here. It will interesting to see how BSP and other opposition parties would woo voters here.