As the polling for crucial first phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017 is over now, all top contending parties including Bharatiya Janata Party, Samajwadi Party in alliance with Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal are now on their toes and anticipating a majority verdict in order to form government in the state. While the ongoing polls are said to be a mid-term test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government and its 3 years long regime, the SP president Akhilesh Yadav has also left no stones unturned in order to retain his ruling position in the state.
In a strategic move, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and Congress VP Rahul Gandhi have made a strategic alliance to dominate the Assembly polls. As many as 839 candidates, including main contenders from major parties are in the run for the seats in 15 districts of the region where 26,823 polling stations have been set up.
Deoband is constituency No. 5 of Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly. It is situated in Saharanpur district and comes under Saharanpur Lok Sabha constituency. It is an unreserved constituency.
Number of voters
According to the Election Commission data, Deoband, in total has 2,92,273 registered electorates out of which 1,60,300 are males and 1,31,973 are females registered voters.
What are the key issues
Support for Mayawati-led BSP in western up comes at a time when BJP and SP are seen in full swing. She is aggressively increasing her Muslim outreach in this region and spreading it across the state ahead of the crucial assembly polls.
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Who was the winner last time
Samajwadi Party won this constituency by 3,050 votes in 2012 Assembly elections. Rajendra Singh Rana won the seat with as many as 66,682 votes who was followed by Manoj Chaudhary of BSP with 63,632 votes. The voter turnout was 67.02 per cent.
Why is this constituency important
Some Muslim leaders in this region are blaming BJP for distancing itself from Muslims and adopting a hardline Hindutva stand. Centre’s demonetisation decision and its after effects have also been another big reason for the saffron party to gain majority here.