People of Katra Sadatganj village of Badaun district want to keep the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) at bay in Uttar Pardesh Assembly Elections 2017.
People of Katra Sadatganj village of Badaun district want to keep the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) at bay in Uttar Pardesh Assembly Elections 2017, according to The Indian Express. The village bears significance because a tree in the village had made all the headlines in May, 2014 after the bodies of two cousins, both minors, were found hanging from the tree. Later it was revealed that they had allegedly been gang-raped before being killed. Villagers had noted that they were banking on their closeness to the candidate over any political party to resolve their daily issues. A few electorates were in dilemma over their choice between BJP and BSP. Again they were keeping faith on Prime Minister Narnedra Modi and BSP supremo Maywati.
So, why this aversion for SP? Residents of many villages in the neighbourhood opined they would not vote for SP, because of alleged goonda raj during the Akhilesh Yadav government. With the “Badaun kaand” still lingering on, villagers noted that the five accused were released and the case is still pending. Locals accuse the state government of backing the accused since they are Yadavs, the report says.
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Notably, in 2012, incumbent BSP MLA Sinod Kumar Shakya, locally known as Deepu Bhaiya, had defeated the SP’s Prempal Singh Yadav by just 5,327 votes in a constituency with over 3.4 lakh. This time, Yadav is the Congress candidate backed by the SP. Deepu has been the MLA since 2007. Prempal had won the seat in 2002. The BJP candidate is Rajeev Kumar Singh, also known as Babbu Bhaiya.
According to the report, it is not just the double rape and murder, non-Yadav villagers who want to vote the SP out also accuse Yadavs of grabbing their land. In several villages many residents say they have not been given Below Poverty Line cards, and did not get government rations. Since many state and central subsidies such as that on LPG cylinders are linked to the BPL card, most villagers have not benefited from them.
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Most of these villagers are landless and either work for around Rs 200 a day as farmhands, or work in batayee, sharing with those who own farms. Under the batayee system, the villages say, one family does all the labour on the farm, which is owned by another family. The two families share the revenue equally in the end. But villagers such as Dev Singh and Netrapal Shakhya of Hajura Pukhta and Khiriya Madhukar say that like in many other villagers, the land their family owned was taken by the river many years ago, but nobody has got either compensation or other relief from the government.
Political parties have kick-started high-decibel campaigning for the third phase of polling for Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017. 69 constituencies will go to polls in third phase of voting which will be held on February 19. 826 candidates are in the fray for this phase which is crucial for BJP, Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance and BSP. The other four phases will be held on February 23 and 27 and on March 4 and 8. Results will be out on March 11. The first phase of UP polls in 73 assembly seats in UP witnessed 64.22 per cent turnout on February 11 – an increase of nearly three per cent from the first phase turnout in the 2012 state Assembly polls. Meanwhile, an impressive turnout of over 65 per cent was recorded in 67 Assembly constituencies across 11 districts of western Uttar Pradesh, figuring in the second phase of the crucial state polls yesterday.