It was difficult to predict the outcome of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017 since the beginning. The state witnessed around two-month-long high-decibel campaign and roadshows by leading political parties. Though there was reportedly no Modi wave like during 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the saffron party surely had a strong grip across some castes and communities. The elections were considered crucial for the ruling Samajwadi Party and the party president and UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav put high stakes to retain the government here. The last-minute alliance with the Congress party surely indicated that SP was leaving no stones unturned to come back to power. The incumbent CM emerged as a leader of the youth on his own, but there was a little anger against him because of the law-and-order failure in the state.
Though BJP did not announce its chief ministerial candidate, the saffron party was confident of forming government with full majority. Varanasi Cantonment is constituency No. 390 of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly. It belongs to Varanasi district in Purvanchal region of the state. It comes under the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency. It is an open constituency.
Number of voters
As per the Election Commission of India, Varanasi Cantt has 3,49,472 registered electorates out of which 1,94,781 are male and 1,54,674 are female registered voters.
The constituency has 17 voters in the Others category.
Who was the winner last time
The BJP won this constituency by a margin of 12,852 votes in the 2012 Assembly elections. Jyotsana Srivastava from BJP bagged 57918 votes followed by Anil Srivastava
of the Congress who got 45,066 votes. The voter turnout was 51.73 per cent.
What are the key issues
Development and law-and-order and women security are some key issues here.
Who are the competing candidates
Anil Srivastava (Congress), Rijwan Ahmad (BSP), Ribu Srivastava (SP) and Saurabh Srivastava (BJP).
Why this constituency is important?
Unsatisfied over failure of promises made by the political leaders, the mood of Varanasi cantonment constituency seems different in term of their political
orientation. On one hand where the entire UP has been divided with the likes of BJP, SP and BSP at large, Varanasi Cantt seers to support Independent candidates.
However, PM Modi has promised to improve law-and-order and women safety measures if voted to power, several independent candidates have created buzz by claiming to
serve the people.