Ghazipur is constituency No. 375 of Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly. The assembly constituency is situated in Ghazipur district and comes under Ghazipur Lok Sabha constituency. It is an open constituency. (Source: PTI)
As the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh is now halfway through its journey of the Assembly elections, stakes for all leading parties have become high. Third phase of the polls took place on February 19 in 69 major constituencies in 12 districts where fate of more than 820 candidates were sealed. The key parties to watch out for during the elections are Samajwadi Party (SP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The state over the months has witnessed high-decibel election rallies and roadshows and all major political parties have tried their best to lure voters. While the ongoing polls are touted to be a litmus test for the ruling SP and chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, PM Narendra Modi-led BJP has emerged as a strong competitor for the ruling party in the state. Talking about the public sentiments, UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has managed to build an image of ‘leader for youth’ and have gained a huge vote bank in various regions of the state. CM’s ‘kaam bolta hai’ campaign has gained a good response in rural as well as the urban areas of the state. However, there has been a little anger against him because of the law-and-order failure in the state.
Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has emerged as one of the leading contenders in this political run. However, the party is still behind in terms of vote bank apart from some particular communities. Even the votes of Muslim community have gone to her in limited areas where the candidates fielded are very strong. The high-octane assembly elections are is underway in India’s most populous state and is is expected to lay the cornerstone for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. While SP aims at retaining its power, this time with the Congress, both BJP and BSP are fighting to make a comeback.
Ghazipur is constituency No. 375 of Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly. The state of Uttar Pradesh has 403 assembly constituencies. The assembly constituency is situated in Ghazipur district and comes under Ghazipur Lok Sabha constituency. It is an open constituency.
Number of voters
As per the Election Commission data, this constituency has 3,04,680 registered voters out of which 1,65,515 are male and 1,39,160 female registered voters.
What are the key issues
Discrimination on the basis of caste and religion are some issue that need to be checked. Being a Muslim major constituency, religious sentiments between the people and government is tied with a loose knot.
Who was the winner last time
SP won the constituency by a margin of just 241 during the 2012 Assembly elections. Vijay Kumar Mishra from SP bagged a total of 49,561 votes followed by Raj Kumar from BSP who got 49,320 votes. The voter turnout was 61.59 per cent.
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Who are the competing candidates
Rajesh Kushwaha (SP), Sangeeta (BJP), Santosh Kumar (BSP) and Rudra Dutt Tiwari (CPI)
What’s the wave like?
Being a Muslim majority region, roads for both BJP and BSP seem tough as the community is not happy with either for the two. BJP has been sidelined by the community because of its stand on various religious grounds including Triple Talaq. BSP, on the other hand, failed to deliver the promises it made before coming into power. This clearly means that Congress has got a cutting edge advantage and have high chances of sweeping the constituency.