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BSP's elephant gaining speed here

india Updated: Apr 24, 2007 00:34 IST
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Mayawati's elephant aka Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is giving a tough fight to rivals in the eight assembly constituencies at Bhadhoi and Mirzapur district.

At Bhadhoi, Gyanpur and Aurai assembly constituencies--BSP is giving a tough time to Samajwadi Party and BJP, which have dominated the area.

In Gyanpur, the going is not easy for the sitting ruling SP candidate Vijay Mishra, a local mafia who is facing a tough fight from BSP's Dinesh Singh. There are 3,33,468 voters in this constituency who are determined to vote Mishra out. "We will vote for hathi to end the goonda raj of Mulayam's man here," said one Arvind Kumar Yadav of the village Girdhapur in Gyanpur.

The SP candidate, it maybe mentioned, has over 30 criminal cases pending against him in various police stations. "We want to end the reign of terror in Gyanpur," quipped Anil Kumar of the same village. The undercurrent against the ruling SP candidate is likely to be in favour of the BSP candidate.

Similarly, BSP wave is also sweeping Aurai assembly constituency. Sitting BSP candidate Ranganath Mishra, who was minister of state for home in the previous BJP government, is a force to reckon with in this constituency.

This constituency has 2,50,274 eligible voters. Ranganath and Apna Dal-BJP joint candidate Rita Singh are in close fight with each other. The wave is in favour of the BSP candidate as both Dalits and a vast chunk of Brahmins are likely to support him. Rita Singh is the wife of Udaybhan Singh a dreaded mafia who is in jail facing conviction in a triple murder case.

Meanwhile in Bhadhoi there are 331676 eligible voters. Here a triangular contest is going on among the ruling and sitting SP legislator Dina Nath Bhasker, BSP's Archana Saroj and BJP's Purnimani Pankaj.

With a sizeable population of both Muslims and Dalits, it may be tough for BJP to sail through. But it will be a close contest between SP and BSP.

In Mirzapur district, the political scenario is slightly different. Mirzapur city assembly constituency with 2,74,729 eligible voters is witnessing an interesting fight among four parties--Congress, BJP, SP and BSP.

The division of upper caste voters between Congress and BJP is going to help BSP and SP. Four time legislator and former minister Dr SS Dung who is contesting from the BJP ticket and Rajeshpati Tripathi of Congress are eyeing upper caste votes. However, the actual winning fight seems to be between Samajwadi Party's Kailash Chaurasia, who is the sitting MLA and BSP's Ram Chander Maurya who switched over to BSP from BJP.

In Chunar assembly constituency, which has 2,95,654 voters, the going seems to be tough for BJP's Om Prakash Singh. BSP candidate Romesh Dubey, being a Brahmin, has infiltrated into the BJP stronghold.

Rajgarh assembly segment, with 1,97,052 voters, is a battleground between BSP's Anil Maurya (sitting legislator) and Apna Dal-BJP combine Dinesh Singh.

Meanwhile in Majhwan assembly segment, with 2,81,104 voters, it is a fight between BJP's Gangasagar Dubey and BSP's sitting legislator Romesh Bind.

Besides, BSP wave is clearly visible in two parliamentary seats of Mirzapur/Bhadhoi and Sonebhadra which will also go to polls on May 3.

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