As the polling for second of the seven-phased Assembly elections has started in 67 constituencies of the western Uttar Pradesh today, all leading political parities are expecting majority to form government. Spread over 11 districts of western UP, voting process in underway amid tight security arrangements in places like Saharanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Bareilly, Amroha, Pilibhit, Kheri, Shahjahanpur and Badaun. While the ongoing polls are touted to be a mid-term test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and its three years long regime, ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) is trying its best to retain the lead here. In months long high-decibel campaigns by the leading parties, the state saw all political figures blaming their counterparts for the failure of law and order and development in the state. The incumbent CM Akhilesh Yadav has blamed PM Modi of fooling people in the name of ‘achhe din’ and his party is largely banking upon development agenda with his ‘Kaam Bolta Hai’ campaign. Giving the favour back, PM Modi had been critical about Akhilesh and blamed him for not working towards the development of the state.
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Making the bet triangular, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati was seen wooing voters in her back to back rallies and roadshows across the state. In her rallies, the BSP supremo had attacked BJP and SP on the issues of development and demonetisation. Attacking PM Modi, Mayawati had also said that the BJP government is interfering with the personal law of Muslims and ending reservation for backward communities.
Mohanlalganj Vidhan Sabha Constituency is one of the 403 assembly constituencies of Uttar Pradesh. It is a part of Lucknow district. The corresponding Lok Sabha constituency is reserved for scheduled castes.
Number of voters
Mohanlalganj Assembly constituency has 3,39,482 registered voters.
What are the key issues
Development has been one key issue here.
Who was the winner last time
The ruling SP won this constituency by a margin of 23,517 votes during the 2012 Assembly elections. Chandra Rawat, the winning SP candidate, bagged a total of 69,488 votes followed by Ajay Pushpa Rawat of SP who got 45,971 votes.
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Who are the competing candidates
Ram Bahadur (BSP), Ajay Pushpa Rawat (IND), Ambrish Singh Pushkar (SP) and R.K. Chaudhary (IND).
Why this constituency is important?
With high number of scheduled caste voters in this region, situation seems to be a bit favourable for BSP and the SP. However, the BJP is supporting an independent candidate here and many senior leaders of the party has backed the candidate against BSP and SP.