As the polling for crucial first phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017 gets over now, parties including Bharatiya Janata Party, Samajwadi Party in alliance with Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal are now on their nerves to grab majority and form government in the state. While the ongoing polls are said to be a litmus test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government and its 3 years long regime, the SP president Akhilesh Yadav has also left no stones unturned in order to retain his ruling position in the state.
In a strategic move, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and Congress VP Rahul Gandhi have joined forces to take on opposition parties here. As many as 839 candidates, including main contenders from major parties are in fray for the seats in 15 districts of the region where 26,823 polling stations have been set up. Mayawati-led BSP ha made it a crucial triangular bet and she is largely betting on the minor community and is of the opinion that her party will form government in UP with full majority.
Saharanpur is constituency No. 4 of Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly. It is situated in Saharanpur district and comes under Saharanpur Lok Sabha constituency. It is an unreserved constituency.
Number of voters
According to the Election Commission data, Saharanpur has 2,76,294 registered electorates out of which 1,51,768 are males and 1,24,509 are females registered voters.
What are the key issues
As most Muslims come from deprived sections, they share common issues and also vote in large numbers for a Muslim candidate, but their votes get split too. That is one big reason among Muslims in this region where BSP has fielded most of its minority candidates, which is touted to an apparent bid to take advantage of the demographics.
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Who was the winner last time
Mayawati-led BSP won this constituency by 17,113 votes in 2012 Assembly elections. Jagpal won this seat with 80,670 votes and was followed by Ch. Abdul Wahid of Congress who got 63,557 votes. The total voter turnout was 73.80 per cent.
Why is this constituency important
Saharanpur is one of those Muslim-dominated constituencies of the western UP. Add to that, several other communities here are bi-religious. Tyagis, Jats and Gujjars are found among both Hindus and Muslims.