After months long high-decibel campaigns, 67 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh is all set to go to the second of seven-phased Assembly elections. All major political parties such as Samajwadi Party, Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and others are affirmative about sweeping the second round. The stakes are highest for the ruling Samajwadi Party as it hold 34 seats in this constituency. The constituencies, in round 2 of the Assembly polls, are spread across 11 districts including Saharanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Bareilly, Amroha, Pilibhit, Kheri, Shahjahanpur and Badaun. While the ongoing polls are considered as a litmus test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his three years long regime, UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has participated in rallies and roadshows to connect with the voters in this region. Also the blame-game was seen at its level best with all these political figures blaming their counterparts for the development roads not taken. Incumbent CM Akhilesh Yadav had even mentioned that downfall of those who had ‘befooled’ the people promising ‘achche din’ has started, which was surely a jibe at PM Modi and the BJP. SP is largely banking upon development agenda with CM’s ‘Kaam Bolta Hai’ campaign, but PM Modi has been critical about Akhilesh and blamed him for the law and order failure in the state.
BSP chief Mayawati too had wooed the voters in her rallies across the state. She had also blamed the BJP and SP on the issues of development and demonetisation. Further strengthening her ante against PM Modi, Mayawati has accused the BJP government of interfering with the personal law of Muslims and ending reservation for backward communities.
Lucknow Cantonment Vidhan Sabha constituency is one of 403 legislative assemblies of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly. It comes under the Lucknow Lok Sabha constituency.
Number of voters
According to the Election Commission data, Lucknow Cantonment has 3,20,755 registered voters. It comprises 1,73,740 male and 1,46,998 female registered voters.
What are the key issues
Along with development, clearance of cane dues and law-and-order are among the key issues of the region and every party has promised to address it if voted to power. The civic condition of this region is very poor, with issues like contaminated water supply and encroachment in the narrow lanes. Even the stray animals are a big problems people are facing in this constituency.
Who was the winner last time
The Congress defeated BJP by 21,753 votes to win this constituency during the 2012 Assembly elections. Congress candidate Rita Bahuguna Joshi won the constituency by 63,052 votes followed by Suresh Chandra Tiwari of the BJP who got 41,299 votes. The voter turnout was 50.56 per cent.
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Who are the competing candidates
Yogesh Dixit (BSP), Dr Reeta Joshi (BJP), Virendra Kumar Shukla (RLD) and Aparna Yadav (SP)
Why this constituency is important?
The stakes in the region is comparatively higher for both SP and Congress as BJP has fielded Rita Joshi who was lately acquired from the Congress. Party president has field his sister-in-law Aparna Yadav, who was the choice of then president Mulayam Singh Yadav. As per various media reports, many people in Lucknow have said that they would either not vote or opt for NOTA, considering the poor civic amenities here.