Uttar Pradesh Elections 2017: Koil constituency; SP’s Shaz Ishaq faces Congress’ Vivek Bansal; All you need to know

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New Delhi | February 10, 2017 7:31 PM

The biggest state in India, in terms of constituencies is expected to witness a tough fight among four major parties: Congress-Samajwadi Party, Bharatiya Janata Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.

Congress and Samajwadi Party, led by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, have formed an alliance to drive out "communal forces" from the state, the BJP, led by PM Narendra Modi himself, is gaining grounds in the state. (File Photo: ANI)Congress and Samajwadi Party, led by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, have formed an alliance to drive out “communal forces” from the state, the BJP, led by PM Narendra Modi himself, is gaining grounds in the state. (File Photo: ANI)

The Phase I of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017 is all set to start from February 11, Saturday. The biggest state in India, in terms of constituencies is expected to witness a tough fight among four major parties: Congress-Samajwadi Party, Bharatiya Janata Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party. While the Congress and Samajwadi Party, led by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, have formed an alliance to drive out “communal forces” from the state, the BJP, led by PM Narendra Modi himself, is gaining grounds in the state. The BSP, led by former CM Mayawati, albeit its status as a major party in the state, isn’t expected to fare too well in a contest that remains focused on the developmental politics of Modi and Akhilesh. The PM has been urging prospective voters to end the “exile of development” in the state by bringing BJP into power. PM Modi has accused the SP and BSP of looting the state of development for years. Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, along with CM Akhilesh Yadav, have focused their campaign around the suffering of the common man due to demonetisation and Modi’s slogan of “Achche Din”.

Here we take a look at key aspects of Koil constituency.

Number of voters
According to the records of Election Commission of India, the Koil constituency has 293,029 registered voters for the Phase I of the assembly elections beginning on February 11, Saturday.

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What are the key issues?
Koil is a part of Aligarh district and one of the five assembly constituencies in the Aligarh Lok Sabha constituency. All the four major parties participating in the elections have made promises of freeing the region of communal tensions and creating a safer environment with strict implementation of law and order. Development still remains the biggest issues in the region.

Who was the winner last time?
The Samajwadi Party had fielded Zameer Ullah Khan in the year 2012 Assembly elections. Khan had a close fight with Congress’ Vivek Bansal and managed to win the battle with 44,847 votes in comparison to Bansal’s 44,248 votes.

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Who are other competing candidates?
Last time’s runner up Vivek Bansal of the Congress, Shaz Ishaq Urf Ajju Ishaq of the SP are pitted against each other despite the alliance between SP and Congress, fighting against BJP’s Anil Parashar and BSP’s Ram Kumar Sharma.

Why this constituency is important?
The constituency witnessed a close battle between SP and Congress in the last elections. It would be interesting to see how the event turns out to be as both parties are again fighting against each other despite the alliance. Win or lose, the participation of both the candidates means better chances of the alliance to win the seat. Even the loss of one of them would mean the division of votes, which can be considered to be a wise move.

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