Bahraich is constituency No. 286 of Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly. While the assembly constituency is unreserved, the corresponding Lok Sabha constituency is reserved for scheduled castes.
Over the last few week, Uttar Pradesh has witnessed high-decibel campaigns by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, former CM Mayawati and the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. Now as the politically crucial state has seen two out of the seven-phased 2017 Assembly elections, fate of 270 candidates are in the fray and will be announced on March 11. The ongoing polls will surely be a litmus test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government as the results will decide whether the demonetisation move was accepted by the people or not. UP CM Akhilesh Yadav-led SP has put everything on stake to retain the power. During the 2012 Assembly polls, SP bagged 34 seats out of the 67 constituencies of the western UP. The incumbent CM has been loudly attacking PM Modi and has even said that the downfall of those who had ‘befooled’ the people promising ‘achche din’ has started. SP is largely banking upon development agenda with CM’s ‘Kaam Bolta Hai’ campaign, but PM Modi, too, had been critical about Akhilesh and called the ruling SP government as anti-farmer. PM had said that Centre allot funds but why is it that farmers in the state are not benefited.
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Apart from the SP-BJP tussle, Mayawati-led BSP has made it a high-octane three way contest. Mayawati seems confident over the polling trends in the second phase of the Assembly elections and claims that her party is surging towards forming government with full majority.
Bahraich is constituency No. 286 of Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly. It is situated in Bahraich district in northern part of the state. It comes under the Bahraich Lok Sabha constituency. While the assembly constituency is unreserved, the corresponding Lok Sabha constituency is reserved for scheduled castes.
Number of voters
As per the Election Commission data, Bahraich has 3,06,036 registered electorates out of which 1,67,994 are male and 1,38,042 are female voters.
What are the key issues
Development is the key issue in the region of the state. Health care is also one major area that need to be taken care of.
Who was the winner last time
The ruling SP won this constituency during the 2012 Assembly elections. Waqar Ahmad Shah from SP bagged 50,759 votes to defeated the nearest contender Chandra Shekhar Singh from Congress. Singh got 15,496 votes. The voter turnout was 56.23 turnaround.
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Who are the competing candidates
Ajeet Pratap Singh (BSP), Anupma Jaiswal (BJP), Rubab Sayeda (SP) and Mohd. Usman Khan (IND).
Why this constituency is important?
Though this constituency is reserved for scheduled castes and Muslim population is close to 45 per cent, in 2012 Assembly polls more than half of the voters did not turned up to cast their votes. BJP seems to have a better grip in the region, but both BSP and SP are trying their best to bag this politically crucial constituency.