As Uttar Pradesh drove into its third out of the seven-phased assembly elections on February 19 with a voter turnaround of around 62 per cent, fate of more than 800 candidates are in the fray. 69 constituencies went for the third round of polling on Saturday on more than 25,600 seats. The 12 districts that went for polling on February 19 included Farrukhabad, Kanpur city, Unnao, Lucknow, Etawah, Hardoi, Kannauj, Barabanki, Auraiyya, Sitapur, Mainpuri and Kanpur rural. The state has witnessed some high-decibel rallies and roadshows where all major political parties have tried their best to lure voters. The ongoing assembly polls are very crucial for the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) and the UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav is leaving no stones unturned to make sure he retain the power. Though this time there is no ‘Modi wave’ like it was during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, but the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), backing on its star campaigner PM Narendra Modi, has successfully managed to create a strong foothold in some casts and communities. However, the incumbent CM, with his ‘kaam bolta hai’ campaign, has emerged as a leader of the youth on its own. But there has been a little anger against him because of the law-and-order failure in the state. Though, the chief ministerial face of BJP in Up has not been announced yet, but the saffron party is confident of forming government with full majority. BJP has blamed SP of acting as a roadblock to the development of the state for years.
Making it a high-octante three way battle, Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is too considered as a strong contendor in this political run. However, she has been struggling to increase her vote bank apart from some particular communities. Even the votes of Muslim community have gone to her in limited areas where the candidates fielded are very strong. With such high voter turnout in all the three phases of the polls so far, it clearly indicates that the electorate is turning out to vote to effect a major change.
Gorakhpur Urban is constituency No. 322 of the Uttar Prasesh legislative assembly. It is a part of Gorakhpur Lok Sabha constituency in the eastern region of Uttar Pradesh.
Number of voters
Gorakhpur Urban constituency had a total of 3,52,139 registered electorates out of which 1,97,227 were male and 1,54,912 female registered voters.
What are the key issues
Development is the key issue in this region.
Who was the winner last time
BJP won this seat by a margin of whopping 47,454 votes during the 2012 Assembly elections. Dr Radha Mohan Das Agarwal from BJP bagged a total of 81,148 votes followed by Raj Kumari Devi from SP who got 33,694 votes.
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Who are the competing candidates
Dr Ram Mohan Das Agarwal (BJP), Janardan Choudhari (BSP), Rana Rahul Singh (Congress) and Vinod Kumar Rai (RLD).
Why this constituency is important?
BJP and SP were the two leading parties in this region, but looking at the last poll results SP has given Congress a chance to prove its mettle here. BJP has emerged as a strong force in this region and has made sure that it maintains the lead. The sitting MLA from BJP has a very strong voter base in Gorakhpur Urban and its surely going be a tough battle for others.