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How to spend Rs. 32 lakh per candidate
Haider Naqvi, Hindustan Times
Kanpur, February 03, 2012
First Published: 00:04 IST(3/2/2012)
Last Updated: 00:06 IST(3/2/2012)
Cartoon by Jayanto.

Though electoral rivals on paper, they are actually running mates.

There is no issue of family fight in Urmila Rajput, the Samajwadi Party candidate for the Farrukhabad Sadar constituency, being pitted against her namesake bahu. Rather, just the opposite.

This is just a ploy adopted by many candidates to get around the Election Commission decree that allows not more than Rs. 16 lakh per candidate.

The pair is showing remarkable bonhomie and going out together for canvassing.

“They are moving together. The bahu is asking for votes for her mother-in-law. Other candidates have a maximum of three vehicles to campaign. Urmila Rajput, with her bahu in tow, can enjoy six,” said Sanjiv Katiyar, a sports teacher.

More are playing the same game.

In Bhojpur, a constituency west of Farrukhabad, Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Jamaluddin and his son Arshad Siddiqui are fighting the same seat.

Vijay Singh, former MLA and once a prime accused in the murder of BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP) leader Brahmdutt Dwivedi, is contesting the Sadar seat, where his wife too is in the fray.

Last time he had contested the seat as a Samajwadi Party nominee, but in 2012 has entered the fray as an independent, like his wife, Damyanti Singh, who is campaigning for her husband.

Sadar BJP nominee Sunil Dutt Dwivedi, a former armyman, and his wife, Anita Dwivedi, filed their nomination papers in the Sadar constituency on Wednesday.

Sunil Dutt is the son of Brahmdutt Dwivedi and contesting for the first time.

Urmila Rajput said: “It is a learning experience for her. She is a woman of the new age and she should definitely be encouraged.”

“If political opponents play tricks or if my nomination is rejected due to any conspiracy, at least she is there to fill in my shoes.”

RK Pandey, the assistant district returning officer of Farrukhabad, said: “We are closely monitoring the dummy candidates and the tactics in play. Unless the withdrawal process is over, no one campaigning as independent can be considered a candidate.”


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