Aligarh, Apr 4 UNI | 4 months ago

The electorate of parliamentary constituency of Aligarh may have experimented in the past by shuffling the parties and candidates frequently but the want of progress and planned development of the region still remains a pipe dream for them.

Aligarh, being home district of BJP heavyweight Kalyan Singh, has elected candidates from Congress and BJP four times each while giving a chance each to Janata Party, Janata Dal, Janata Dal-S, RPI, Bharatiya Kranti Dal(BKD), Independent and BSP on one each occasion.

Showing no allegiance to any particular party or candidate as the past of this constituency suggests, this time also, it could be anybody's game in Aligarh parliamentary seat going to polls in the first phase on April 10.

As per the latest trend and the views of the local political analysts, a triangular fight among BJP, BSP and SP seems a possibility.

The Modi wave through a local stalwart Kalyan Singh may be decisive here though the mood of electorate has always been uncertain in Aligarh constituency.

With a total electorate of about 17.5 lakh, the Aligarh Lok Sabha seat has five assembly segments namely Khair, Atrauli, Aligarh city, Koil and Barauli. Of these, three seats are with Samajwadi Party while two have RLD MLAs.

Basically, a Dalit-Muslim Lok Sabha seat with over three lakhs of Dalit and about 2.75 lakh Muslims voters, Aligarh has about 1.5 lakh Brahmins and Jat each. The Lodh community from which Kalyan Singh comes, comprises about 75,000 voters and about 65,000 Yadav voters.

If one goes by the caste configuration, which is as important in the state like Uttar Pradesh as any other factor prevalent in the general elections, theoritically it gives level playing ground to all the parties.

(Posted on 04-04-2014)