Interesting contest in 18 seats of LS in UP, including Varanasi
The last phase of Lok Sabha elections in 18 constituencies of Poorvanchal on May 12 has never seen such a hyped campaigning in the past which is also witnessing a 'mother of all contest' in Varanasi.
Campaigning ends this evening in this phase where all parties have thrown their hats even on the last day and not wasting a single minute to woo the voters.
The main contest is witnessed in Varanasi where BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is pitted in a multi-cornered contest against AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, Congress candidate Ajay Rai, SP's Kailash Chaurasia and BSP's Vijay Prakash Jaiswal.
The EC has already made special arrangements in Varanasi where more than 20,000 security personnel will be deployed for ensuring free and fair polls. Varanasi has also made a sort of records where 42 candidates are in the fray.
After Varanasi, the most interesting contest on card is in Azamgarh, where SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav is also facing a triangular contest. Mr Yadav is being challenged by BJP's Ramakant Yadav and BSP's Guddu Jamali. Congress candidate Arvind Jaiswal is too weak even to be in the contest. The SP president is contesting from two seats of Azamgarh and Mainpuri in this elections.
Union Minister of State for Home R P N Singh is also facing a tough battle of ballots in Kushinagar seat. He is pitted against Rajesh Pandey of BJP, Sangam Mishra of BSP and Radheshyam Singh of the SP.
In Gorakhpur seat, sitting BJP member Yogi Adityanath has a clear cut edge in the elections though Rambhual Nishad of BSP and Ms Rajmati Nishad of the SP to trying to put up a fight. Congress candidate Asthabhuja Tiwari has no say in the contest.
In the adjoining Deoria seat, senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra is in a triangular contest against BSP's Niyaj Ahmed and SP's Baleshwar Yadav. In Doomariaganj seat, BJP candidate Jagdambika Pal, who is the sitting Congress MP, is facing strong opposition from Congress candidate Maharani Vashundhara, wife of the BJP MLA along with BSP's Mohammad Mukim and SP candidate and speaker of the UP assembly Mata Prasad Pandey. Ghosi seat is witnessing an interesting contest where mafia don and UP legislator Mukhtar Ansari is in the contest. BJP, SP, BSP and Congress too are contesting from the seat. Mukhtar has also been given parole by the court to campaign for a day today.
Jaunpur seat is also going for a surprising result in the Lok Sabha where Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan of the Congress is pitted against K P Singh of BJP, Subhash Pandey of BSP and UP minister Parasnath Yadav of the SP. But entry of independent and mafia Dhananjay Singh, who is the sitting BSP member of the seat, had made the elections, open to all. Apna Dal leader Ms Anupriya Patel was trying her luck from Mirzapur seat where she was contesting as a joint candidate of BJP and Apna Dal. Congress candidate Laliteshpati Tripathi great grandson of Kamlapati Tripathi along with BSP and SP candidates are challenging Ms Patel. Former Prime Minister Chandrashekhar's son and SP sitting MP Neeraj Shekhar, is also facing a rough weather in their home seat of Ballia where BJP's Bharat Singh, BSP's Virendra Pathak and Congress candidate Sudha Rai, wife of former Congress leader Kalpanath Rai were giving him a big challenge.
Ghazipur seat is also expected to give an interesting fight where BJP's Manoj Sinha, BSP's Kailashnath Yadav, SP's Shivkanya Kushawaha and Congress Maqsood Khan were in contest. Shivkanya is the wife of NRHM scam accused Babu Singh Kushwaha, who is presently in jail. Another mafia D P Yadav is also contesting as a candidate from a small party in this seat. Similarly, triangular or four cornered contest is also being witnessed at Mahrajganj, Basgaon, Lalganj, Salempur, Machilishahr, Chandauli and Robertsganj seats.
(Posted on 10-05-2014)