Muzaffarnagar election result 2109: Jat leader Ajit Singh lost to BJP's incumbent MP Sanjeev Baliyan. Singh was a joint candidate of SP-BSP-RLD combine.
Muzaffarnagar Lok Sabha election result 2019: Top Jat leader Chaudhary Ajit Singh lost from Muzaffarnagar Lok Sabha seat against BJP’s Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan. While RLD chief Ajit Singh secured 5,65,753 votes, Balyan was polled 5,69,535 votes.
Muzaffarnagar Lok Sabha constituency is one of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh. It falls in the western part of the state and is a Jat-Muslim Dominated seat. It comprises five Assembly seats — Budhana, Charthawal, Muzaffarnagar, Khatauli and Sardhana. The constituency was created just ahead of the 1957 elections. It has over 13.70 lakh registered voters with Jats and Muslims holding the key. While Jats comprise about 1.50 lakh of the total population, Muslims comprise about 4.25 lakh.
In 2014, BJP’s Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan had defeated BSP’s incumbent MP Kadir Rana by nearly 4 lakh votes. Muzaffarnagar was hit by communal riots in 2013 and the division in the Jat-Muslim votes had benefited the BJP.
Ajit Singh moved to Muzaffarnagar after he lost from his traditional Baghpat in 2014 in Modi wave. Ajit Singh was banking on the demography and the support of Dalit and Muslim voters.
In 2014, the turnout in the constituency was 69.72%. This time, the constituency went to the polls in the first phase and recorded a turnout of 68.20%.
Muzaffarnagar district falls between the rivers Ganga and Yamuna and therefore it is one of the most vital sugarcane producing areas in the country. Although sugarcane farmers woes, small scale industries including paper and steel are the main issues, political parties’ election campaign hovered around the communal line.