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 see a tough fight among four major parties: Congress, Samajwadi Party, Bhartiya Janata Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.
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 see a tough fight among four major parties: Congress, Samajwadi Party, Bhartiya 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 across 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 is now focused on developmental politics of PM 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 depriving 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 PM Modi’s slogan of “Ache Din”.
Shamli is an important constituency in western Uttar Pradesh. Here are a few things you would like to know about the constituency.
Number of voters
According to data collected by the Election Commission of India, Shamli constituency has 2,76,329 registered voters. It comprises 1,55,203 male and 1,21,125 female registered voters.
What are the key issues?
The Jats and the Muslims are still recovering from the 2013 riots which had broken their decade old political alliance. Although, reports suggest that both the communities are beginning to come together in some forms in the region and have been seen together cooperating at meetings.
Who was the winner last time?
The last elections in 2012 was convincingly won by Congress candidate Pankaj Kumar Malik with 53, 947 votes, defeating Samajwadi Party’s Virendra Singh, who had come close with 50,206 votes.
Who are other competing candidates?
The Bahujan Samaj Party has pitted Mohammad Islam against Bharatiya Janata Party’s Tajendra Nirwal and Congress’ candidate and winner from last time, Pankaj Kumar Malik.
Why this constituency is important?
The RLD has come up as a fourth competitor for this constituency and fielded Bijendra Singh as their candidate. The BJP and Congress too have fielded Jat candidates in the region. Although, a majority of Jats are in favour of voting for RLD chief Ajit Singh, there still seems to be a confusion among the voters, who remain divided due to the policies of RLD’s inclusion of candidates in their party. The RLD has been a safe haven for all the deserters of several other parties.