Polling for Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017 ended on March 8 peacefully. The polling across the state took place amid tight security, speacially in places like Saharanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Bareilly, Amroha, Pilibhit, Kheri, Shahjahanpur and Badaun. While the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s initiatives such as ‘demonetisation’ and ‘achhe din’ was tested in the ongoing polls, ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) also tried its best to maintain the lead. Alls parties proposed an extensive development manifesto for the next 5 years. While the incumbent CM Akhilesh Yadav blamed PM Modi of fooling people in the name of ‘achhe din’, his party largely banked upon the development agenda with his ‘Kaam Bolta Hai’ campaign. PM Modi remained critical about Akhilesh and blamed him for not working towards the development of the state.
Making it a triangular battle, BSP chief Mayawati was also aggressive in her back to back rallies in the state. During her rallies, she attacked both BJP and SP on the issues of development and demonetisation. Attacking PM Modi, Mayawati said the BJP government was interfering with the personal law of Muslims and ending reservation for backward communities.
Etawah Lok Sabha constituency is one of the 80 Lok Sabha (parliamentary) constituencies in Uttar Pradesh.
Number of voters
As pet the Election Commission data, Etawah has 3,39,750 registered electorates. It has 1,87,147 male and 1,52,603 female registered voters.
What are the key issues
Development and employment are the key issues in this constituency. Education facilities are also poor here and people feel that more than laptops and smartphones,
fundamental issue should be taken care of.
Who was the winner last time
During the 2012 Assembly elections, SP defeated BSP by a margin of 6,264 votes to win this seat. Raghuraj Singh Shakya from SP bagged 74,874 votes followed by BSP’s Mahendra Singh Rajpoot who got 68,610 votes. The voter turnout was 58.97 per cent.
Who are the competing candidates
Ballu Choudhri (BSP), Sarita Bhadauriya (BJP), Amar Singh (CPM) and Kuldeep Gupta (SP).
Why this constituency is important?
This pocket borough of former SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav and his extended family will vote in the third phase of the ongoing assembly polls on February 19.
Etawah is one of the regions that has been impacted by the SP family-feud in ticket distribution. CM Akhilesh has replaced two sitting MLAs who were Mulayam loyalist.
With the ongoing fued in the family, BSP can expect high chances of victory in this constituency.