The seven phase campaign for Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017 witnessed high-voltage campaign from senior leaders from all competing parties in the state. Sixty four per cent voting was recorded in the first phase of the seven-phase Assembly elections. BSP, BJP, and Congress-SP alliance tried their best to win big in the politically crucial state. A close contest was expected between four parties in the much-awaited assembly elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, BSP chief Mayawati and Congress VP Rahul Gandhi put in all efforts in what was being called the semi-final of 2019 general elections.
The Samajwadi Party under Akhilesh Yadav’s leadership banked upon development agenda, with CM’s ‘Kaam Bolta Hai’ campaign. PM Modi urged voters to end the ‘vikas ka vanvas’ (exile of development) and projected demonetisation as an attack on corruption. Modi and BJP accused SP and BSP of plundering the state over the years and targeted the SP-Congress alliance, saying the two had come together to save themselves. Joining hands with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh led the SP assault, as party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav kept away following family feud, with the two scions locking horns with Modi and BSP supremo Mayawati.
Who won the elections last time
BJP’s Ravi Sharma had won this constituency by 8,080 votes in the 2012 Assembly elections. Sharma bagged 67,043 votes. The nearest contender was Sita Ram Kushwaha of BSP who got 58,963 votes. The electorate was 57.03 %.
Job opportunities and better education are some of the key issues here. With that, law and order is also one major issue in Jhansi.
Who all are fighting elections:
UMESH YADAV (Rashtriya Lok Dal), RAVI SHARMA (Bharatiya Janata Party), RAHUL RAI (Indian National Congress), LAXMAN SINGH ( Communist Party of India), SITA RAM KUSHWAHA (Bahujan Samaj Party).
Number of voters
According to data with the Election Commission of India, Jhansi has 3,74,928 registered voters including 2,05,127 male and 1,69,801 female registered voters.
Why is Jhansi important
Jhansi, which is known as the Gateway to Bundelkhand, has historical importance related to it. It was the turf of India’s first freedom movement of India when Rani Lakshmibai locked horns with Britishers and continued to rule it from June 1857 to June 1858. In October 2009, the Union health ministry had given approval for setting up an institute equivalent to AIIMS, the first in the Bundelkhand region and developing central agriculture university.