As the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections drove into its third-phase on February 19 in as many as 69 constituencies, the polling witnessed a 61.16 per cent voter turnaround. This phase of elections were considered crucial for the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) and chief minister Akhilesh Yadav claims that the people have voted for the cycle party in heavy numbers. Fate of 826 candidates from over 105 political parties are in the fray as 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.
After months of high-decibel electoral campaigns and roadshows by some major political parties including SP along with Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), all these parties are now eying at the throne. The elections have now reached a crucial stage and stakes are highest for the ruling SP, as the party did tremendously well during the 2012 Assembly polls. 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 even accused PM Modi of fanning communalism during his campaign speech recently. BJP, who has not announced its chief ministerial candidate for the state believes that the ruling party has hindered development in the state for years and is responsible for the law-and-order failure here.
Making it a high-octane triangular contest, 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. However, looking at the divided preference of the people, its tough to say as to where the state is heading towards.
Robertsganj is one of the 403 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly. It is situated in Sonbhadra district and comes under Robertsganj Lok Sabha constituency. It is an open constituency.
Number of voters
Robersganj has a total 16,39,561 registered electorates out of which 9,01,163 are male and 7,38,398 are female registered voters.
Who was the winner last time
SP won this constituency by a margin of 5,341votes during the 2012 Assembly elections. Avinash khushvaha from SP bagged 47,139. He was followed by Ramesh Singh from BSP who got 41,798 votes.
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What are the key issues
Development is one big issue in this region.
Who are the competing candidates
Avinash Khusvaha (SP), Bhupesh Kumar (BJP), Sunil Kumar Yadav (BSP) and Chaudari Yashvant Singh (RLD).
Why this constituency is important?
The ruling SP holds a strong grip in this constituency, but BJP’s strong campaigns and Yatras have made the contest worth watching.