UP Elections 2022: 73 Assembly seats identified as ‘sensitive’, know which ones and why

Kannauj has been added to the “sensitive” list following the recovery large tranche of unaccounted money from three perfume traders in the area by the central probe agencies. 

Kannauj has been added to the “sensitive” list following the recovery large tranche of unaccounted money from three perfume traders in the area by the central probe agencies. 

The Uttar Pradesh Police has declared 73 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh as “sensitive” ahead of the assembly polls in the state. In the 2017 polls, 38 seats were declared as “sensitive”. 

Earlier, following the Election Commission’s announcement of poll schedule, UP Police had identified 95 Assembly seats as “sensitive”. However, the number was later revised down to 73 after taking into consideration recent incidents related to law and order and deployment of security forces, according to a senior police official as quoted by The Indian Express. 

Kannauj Assembly constituency has been added to the “sensitive” list following the recovery large tranche of unaccounted money from three perfume traders in the area by the central probe agencies. 

The Assembly segments represented by controversial MLAs Mukhtar Ansari and Vijay Mishra – Mau Sadar and Gyanpur in Bhadohi district – have also been declared “sensitive”. Both Ansari and Mishra are currently lodged in jail. Police have also declared Allahabad (West) – known to be the stronghold of jailed former MLA Atiq Ahmed – “sensitive”.

“There are different criteria to select ‘sensitive’ seats. These include caste position, previous law and order history, and who are contesting the election. Heavy deployment of security forces in these seats ensure that elections are held smoothly,” Additional Director General (Law & Order) Prashant Kumar said.

While 32 constituencies from the previous list of 2017 have been retained in the “sensitive” list, six have been dropped, namely Mariyahu and Shahganj in Jaunpur district, Loni in Ghaziabad, Allahabad North in Prayagraj, Gunnaur in Sambhal, and Dibiyapur in Auraiya.

In the current list, Prayagraj has the highest number of “sensitive” constituencies – eight of its 12 seats – followed by Ballia with five seats. Three constituencies each of Baghpat, Saharanpur, Siddharth Nagar, Bahraich, Jaunpur, Ambedkar Nagar and Azamgarh districts have also been declared “sensitive”.

Here are some other seats added to the “sensitive” list are:

  • Meerut and Firozabad: The two districts witnessed large-scale violence in 2019 during the during protests against the citizenship law (CAA) and the proposed National Register of Citizen (NRC), leaving 23 people dead and over 500 injured.
  • Mohammadabad, Ghazipur district: The area witnessed caste-related violence in June 2018. The clash was allegedly triggered by a quarrel between Nawali village head Vimla Singh’s son and the owners of a mobile shop, who belonged to the Dalit community, over pending dues.
  • Rampur Maniharan, Saharanpur district: The Assembly constituency witnessed caste-related violence in 2017 that started after members of two communities clashed over a procession in memory of Rajput ruler Maharana Pratap at Shabbirpur, a Dalit-dominated area.

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