Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017: Basti constituency; it’s SP’s Mahendra Nath Yadav vs BSP’s Jitendra Kumar

By: | Updated: February 22, 2017 8:16 PM

This time, it seems, that the region is in special focus of PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, as the two big leaders are addressing rallies here.

Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav, Bharatiya Janata Party, Samajwadi Party, Uttar PradeshThis time, it seems, that the region is in special focus of PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, as the two big leaders are addressing rallies here.ANI)

As the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh is now halfway through its journey of the Assembly elections, stakes for all leading parties have become high. Third phase of the polls took place on February 19 in 69 major constituencies in 12 districts where fate of more than 820 candidates were sealed. While the state is ready to vote in 4th phase of February 24th. The key parties to watch out for during the elections are Samajwadi Party (SP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The state over the months has witnessed high-decibel election rallies and roadshows and all major political parties have tried their best to lure voters. While the ongoing polls are touted to be a litmus test for the ruling SP and chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, PM Narendra Modi-led BJP has emerged as a strong competitor for the ruling party in the state. Talking about the public sentiments, UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has managed to build an image of ‘leader for youth’ and have gained a huge vote bank in various regions of the state. CM’s ‘kaam bolta hai’ campaign has gained a good response in rural as well as the urban areas of the state. However, there has been a little anger against him because of the law-and-order failure in the state. We take a look at the crucial constituency of Basti Sadar, which will go to vote in 5th phase. BJP had failed to open its account here last time. This time, it seems, that the region is in special focus of PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, as the two big leaders are addressing rallies here. Here’s looking at some interesting details about political battle in Basti.

Number of Voters

As per Election Commission of India, Basti Sadar has 3,10,944 registered voters. The constituency comprises 1,66,820 male and 1,44,124 female registered voters.

Who won lost time

The Bahujan Samaj Party’s Jeetendra Kumar had won this constituency by 19,003 votes in the 2012 Assembly elections. Kumar had bagged got 53,011 votes. While Congress’ Abhishek Pal was the nearest contender with 34,008 votes. The voter turnout was 58.29 %.

Contesting candidates

BSP-Jitendra Kumar Alias Nandu Chaudhary
BJP-Dayaram Chaudhary
RLD-Raja Ashwarya Raj Singh
SHS-Sudha Vishnudutt Ojha
SP-Mahendra Nath Yadav

Key issues:

Employment opportunities, women safety and infrastructural development are key issues in this constituency. Apart from these issues, BJP is facing an internal rift for fielding outsider ‘Dayaram Chaudhary’ from this seat. A group of party’s rebel MLAs have fielded Rakesh Srivastav as its candidate from this seat.

Why it is important

An open constituency, Basti Sadar is seat No. 310 of Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly. It is situated in Basti district and comes under the Basti Lok Sabha constituency. BJP failed to open its account in the entire Basti region in 2012 elections. PM Narendra Modi is scheduled to address an election rally here on 23rd Feb.

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