Fifty-five seats spread across nine districts, including some in the Rohilkhand region, will go to the polls on Monday in the second phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh what will you see older Samajwadi Festival leader Mohammad Azam Khan and state Finance Minister Suresh Khanna trying their luck in the elections.
As many as 586 candidates are in contention at this stage with seats spread across Saharanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Amroha, Budaun, Bareilly and Shahjahanpur.
Voting will take place on Monday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., the election office here said.
Of the 55 seats that went to the polls in this phase, the BJP had won 38 in 2017, while the Samajwadi Festival He had bagged 15 and Congress two. The PS and Congress had contested the last Assembly election in an alliance.
Of the 15 seats won by the PS, Muslim candidates had been victorious in 10.
The areas that go to the polls in this phase have a significant Muslim population influenced by the religious leaders of the Barelvi and Deoband sects. These areas are considered the bastions of the Samajwadi Party.
Prominent faces in the fray at this stage include Dharam Singh Saini, a minister in Yogi Adityanath’s government who switched to the PS after the election.
Khan has been dispatched from his Rampur stronghold, Khanna from Shahjahanpur, while Saini is trying his luck from the Nakud Assembly segment.
Khan’s son Abdullah Azam has been sent from the seat of Swar. He has clashed with Haider Ali Khan, the heir to another political family, the Nawabs of Rampur, who is trying his luck on the ticket of Apna Dal (Sonelal), a BJP ally.
Haider Ali Khan is the grandson of former MP Noor Bano.
Outgoing Jal Shakti Minister of State Baldev Singh Aulakh is the candidate from Bilaspur, Minister of State for Urban Development Mahesh Chandra Gupta from Badaun and Minister of State for Secondary Education Gulab Devi from Chandausi are also in the running.
Former Mayor of Bareilly Supriya Aron is running as the Bareilly Cantonment candidate after joining the Samajwadi Party.
Campaigning for the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had attacked the main opposition Samajwadi party while explaining why his party’s rule was needed in the state to keep it free from unrest.
He had also spoken about the legislation against triple talaq.
‘Now these mafiawadis’ (supporters of the mafia) have made the great culprit of the saharanpur mutiny your partner in this election. it’s not just about saharanpur. All over western Uttar Pradesh these people have selected criminals. These people are even making anti-nationals their proponents,” Modi said.
Leading his party’s campaign, Samajwadi Party Chairman Akhilesh Yadav said “Azam Khan is in jail for building a university, the son of a Union minister is out of jail” in the case of run over farmers
This is the “new India of the BJP”, he had said on the bail granted to the son of the union minister, Ajay Mishra, in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case.
BSP supremo Mayawati had alleged that the Samajwadi Party government had put an end to the Khatav-Muslim brotherhood in the west Uttar Pradesh while the leader of Congress, Priyanka Gandhi, focused her campaign on the welfare of women.
Rashtriya Kisan Manch President Shekhar Dixit said: “Farmers’ anger at the three Farm Bills, which were subsequently repealed by the Center, will remain visible in this phase as well. In the first phase, farmers’ anger at BJP was visible.”
Since the elections were held amid the Covid scare, Additional Electoral Director Brahmdev Ram Tripathi said that all necessary arrangements have been made to ensure a free, fair, transparent and safe Covid vote.
The first phase of the seven phases. Uttar Pradesh Elections were held on February 10. Results will be announced on March 10.
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