Bareilly, Apr 8 UNI | 3 months ago

The picturesque Aonla, the birth place of Panchali of the epic Mahabharata, is heading for a triangular contest in the April 17 Lok Sabha elections in the Rohelkhand region.

Former Union minister and Congress candidate Saleem Sherwani is pitted against Samajwadi Party candidate Sarvaraj Singh and former UP minister and BJP candidate Dharmendra Kashyap in the elections whereas the present MP from the seat Meneka Gandhi of BJP has shifted to her old seat of Pilibhit. The region known for its religious importance like the birthplace of Drapudi of Mahabharata and of the Jain gurus has also been described by the Chinese traveler Huing Sang in his travelogue.

Formed prior to the 1962 elections, the Parliamentary Constituency of Aonla is presently comprises of five Vidhan Sabha segments of which one is reserved for the SC category. The Aonla Parliamentary constituency has a total of 1,310,878 electorates out of which 578,766 are females and 732,112 are males.

The region is still fighting for its backwardness though it is just 28 kilometers away from Bareilly. Aonla houses 45,263 families and has a sex ratio of 883 females per 1000 males and 15 per cent of the population is below the age of six. The city of Aonla has an average literacy of 79 per cent with male and female literacy at 91 per cent and 69 per cent respectively.

Agriculture is the most important activity here, contributing to the majority of the economic setup of the region.

(Posted on 08-04-2014)