Campaigning for the by-elections to Azamgarh and Rampur Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh ended on Tuesday evening.
Campaigning for the by-elections to Azamgarh and Rampur Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh ended on Tuesday evening. Both these seats fell vacant after the state’s main opposition Samajwadi Party MPs Akhilesh Yadav and Azam Khan, respectively, resigned from the Lok Sabha after they were elected to the assembly. While the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would like to give a blow to the SP in these areas considered to be its bastions by winning these by-elections, the SP will try hard to keep both its strong forts safe.
State Chief Electoral Officer Ajay Kumar Shukla said that by-elections for Azamgarh and Rampur Lok Sabha seats will be held on June 23 from 7 am to 6 pm. On the last day of campaigning, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressed an election meeting in Rampur. Earlier on Monday, he also addressed election meetings in Azamgarh.
1149 polling stations and 2176 polling places have been set up in Azamgarh, where there are 1838000 voters. BJP has once again fielded Bhojpuri actor Dinesh Lal Yadav ‘Nirhua’ in the by-election of this seat. Samajwadi Party has made former Badaun MP Dharmendra Yadav its candidate. Apart from this, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has bet on former MLA Shah Alam alias Guddu Jamali. A total of 13 candidates are in the fray for this by-election in Azamgarh.
Yadav and Muslim voters dominate the Azamgarh Lok Sabha constituency. Here, the number of Yadav voters is 21 percent while Muslim voters are 15 percent. Apart from this, 20 percent Dalits and 18 percent are non-Yadav voters from Other Backward Classes. In the last Lok Sabha elections of the year 2019, SP and BSP contested in alliance and SP President Akhilesh Yadav defeated BJP candidate Dinesh Lal Yadav Nirhua by three lakh 61 thousand votes from here.
There are more than 17 lakh voters in Rampur Lok Sabha constituency. There are 50% Hindu voters and about 49% Muslim voters. In the Lok Sabha elections held in the year 2019, SP candidate Azam Khan defeated BJP candidate Jaya Prada by a huge margin of one lakh nine thousand 997 votes. In the Rampur Lok Sabha by-election, there is a direct contest between Asim Raja of SP and Ghanshyam Singh Lodhi of BJP. Lodhi was in the past close to Azam Khan. He has recently joined BJP.
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