BJP-SP in direct fight in 9 Assy seats of Lucknow on Feb 19

BJP-SP in direct fight in 9 Assy seats of Lucknow on Feb 19


BJP-SP in direct fight in 9 Assy seats of Lucknow on Feb 19


Lucknow:  Battle of ballots in true sense can be witnessed in Lucknow with all the nine Assembly seats in the district going to polls in the third phase on February 19, when BJP and SP-Congress alliance are locked in a fierce direct contest. The contest is getting interesting by the day with two close family members of the Yadav clan trying to enter political arena from Lucknow on SP ticket and the BJP making all-out efforts to put a hurdle in their effort. BSP too is fighting in all the seats but except for Baxi-ka-talab and Sarojninagar seats. The most gripping contest would be witnessed in Lucknow (Cantonment) seat where Aparna Yadav, daughter-in-law of Mulayam Singh Yadav is trying her first political battle and is pitted against a seasoned politician Rita Bahuguna Joshi, daughter of former UP CM Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna. Though the BSP has fielded one Yogesh Dixit from the seat but his presence could not deter the other two from making the contest direct. With both Aparna and Ms Joshi, belonging to Uttarakhand, the twist-and-turn of the strong around 50,000 voters of hilly terrain would decide the fate along with around 80,000 strong Sikh and Punjabi and around 40,000 Brahmin voters. Ms Joshi was the sitting MLA from the seat but had resigned after she joined the BJP leaving the Congress, where she was the state president in 2012. Second among the important Assembly seats in the state capital is Sarojninagar where another member of the Yadav family-- Anurag Yadav-- is pitted against BJP's Swati Singh. It would be interesting to see whether the sitting SP member and ex-state minister Sharda Pratap Shukla was contesting on RLD symbol or not. Anurag, the elder brother of SP MP from Badaun Dharmendra Yadav, is locked in a four-cornered contest with BJP's Swati Singh, BSP candidate Sankari Singh, RLD Sharda Pratap Shukla and an Independent Rudra Daman Singh. Anurag, is contesting the elections for the first time. Another interesting contest is being witnessed in Lucknow (Central) seat where former BSP MP Brajesh Pathak, now a BJP candidate, is pitted against SP candidate and state health minister Ravidas Mehrotra. To create a confusion among the SP- Congress alliance, Maroof Khan, of the Congress is too contesting in the seat even after party asking him to withdraw. BSP candidate Rajeev Srivatava too in the contest but would have no impact in the contest. In Lucknow (north) seat, sitting SP member and state science and technology minister Abhishek Mishra is pitted against BJP's Neeraj Bora. The BJP candidate Neeraj was runner's up on Congress ticket in the 2012 elections and lost by a slender margin of 2219 votes to Abhishek. But this time there is a direct fight between the two. In Lucknow (east) seat, the traditional area of the BJP, sitting party member Ashutosh Tandon was comfortable against Congress candidate Anurag Bhadauria in the direct fight though BSP's Saroj Kumar Shukla was also in the contest. Anurag, contesting for the first time, is a close friend of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and he earned name for organising Gramin Cricket in the state. The seat was won by BJP's Kalraj Mishra in 2012, but he was elected to Lok Sabha from Deoria in 2014 and in the bypolls Ashutosh was the winner.



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