As the voting for the second of the seven-phased Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh started today. 45 per cent voter turnaround has been recorded so far as polling in 67 constituencies of western UP continues to happen. As many as 720 candidates are in the fray as voting is being held across 11 districts including Saharanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Bareilly, Amroha, Pilibhit, Kheri, Shahjahanpur and Badaun. The ongoing Assembly elections is touted to be a mid-term test for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s initiative such as ‘demonetisation’ and ‘achhe din’. The ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) is too trying its best to retain its position as the ruling party. During the 2012 Assembly polls, SP had bagged 34 seats. The incumbent CM Akhilesh Yadav has even asked the BJP to tell the people what it did for the people of the country in the nearly three years that it has been in power at the Centre. The SP is largely banking upon development agenda with his ‘Kaam Bolta Hai’ campaign. Even PM Modi had been critical about Akhilesh and blamed his government for not working towards the development of the state.
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BSP chief Mayawati has also been assertive with her back to back rallies in different parts of the state. During her rallies, the she had attacked both BJP and SP on the issues of development and demonetisation. Taking a jibe at the ruling party in the state, Mayawati had said that Akhilesh government is solely responsible for law-and-order failure in the state.
Hardoi is constituency No. 156 of Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly. It is situated in Hardoi district and comes under the Hardoi Lok Sabha constituency. It is located towards the centre of the state and is close to the state capital Lucknow. It is an open constituency. The corresponding Hardoi Lok Sabha constituency is reserved for scheduled castes.
Number of voters
According the Election Commission data, Hardoi has 3,40,302 registered electorates. It comprises 1,88,192 male and 1,52,107 female registered voters and three in the Others category.
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Development is one big issues in this constituency. People of this region are also facing various other issues such as employment crisis, lack of schools and hospitals etc.
Who was the winner last time
During the 2012 Assembly elections, SP won this constituency by a whopping 43,682 votes. Nitin Agarwal, who won the seat for SP got 1,10,063 votes in total. The nearest contender was Raja Bux Singh of BSP who got 66,381 votes. The voter turnout was 59.24 per cent.
Who are the competing candidates
Dharmveer Singh (BSP), Raja Bux Singh (BJP), Sulabh Trivedi (CPI) and Nitin Agarwal (SP).