Polling for 12 seats in the third phase of Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh would be held on Thursday to decide the fate of 187 candidates, including SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Union minister Salman Khurshid.
The focus will on the Yadav family as the SP chief is fighting to retain his traditional Mainpuri seat, while his daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav would be facing a challenge to retain Kannauj.
Mulayam's nephew and son of SP national general secretary Ram Gopal, Akshay Yadav is in the electoral fray for the first time from Firozabad.
Two more political families that of former prime minister Chaudhary Charan Singh and BJP leader and former UP chief minister Kalyan Singh are also set to test their hold in their respective areas.
In the Mathura seat, Hema Malini, banking on the ‘Modi wave’, is pitted against Jayant Chaudhary, who is the grandson of Chaudhary Charan Singh and son of RLD chief Ajit Singh.
Once considered a key leader in the SP, Amar Singh has entered the electoral battle for the first time from Fatehpur. He is contesting on an RLD ticket with the support of Congress.
Though Kalyan Singh is not in the fray this time from Etah, his son Rajveer Singh’s future is at stake in the same seat. Kalyan had won from Etah seat as an Independent candidate in the previous elections.
In Farukkhabad, Union minister Khurshid is faced with the challenge of retaining his seat. The BJP and the BSP are contesting on all 12 seats, whereas Congress has not fielded candidates against Mulayam and Dimple.
In the 2009 elections, the SP won four seats, the Congress three, the RLD two and the BSP and the BJP one each.
A voter turnout of 63% was recorded in 11 Lok Sabha constituencies of western UP and Rohilkhand in the second phase earlier on April 17. The balloting in these seats rose by 8%, when compared with voter turnout of 54% during the 2009 general election.
The first big day of polling had on April 10 seen record high turnouts in communally sensitive western Uttar Pradesh, where every side tried to polarise voters. A 14 percentage point increase was reported in polling in Muzaffarnagar — from 54% in 2009 to 68.27%.
Here's a map for the constituencies going to polls on Thursday. On searching, you will get details of all parties fighting from a constituency and key candiates there:
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