Going won’t be easy for Jagdambika
Jagdambika Pal, the former UPCC chief, would face a tough time in retaining his Basti (Sadar) seat for the fourth time, reports Venugopal Pillai.lucknow Updated: Apr 22, 2007 04:04 IST
Jagdambika Pal, the former UPCC chief, would face a tough time in retaining his Basti (Sadar) seat for the fourth time. People in his constituency and also other constituencies hold him responsible for the backwardness of the area. His declining popularity can be gauged from the fact that his wife Snehlata Pal had lost the recent Nagar Palika election. Basti is going to polls on April 23. “He has been representing the constituency for the last 15 years. Why has he not developed the area?” asked Anuj Purohit, a government employee.
“He done nothing in the past 15 years and you can it see for yourself,” said Nizamuddin, a barber on the station road. But, whom should we vote for, there’s no better candidate than him, he added.
Mukesh Jairaj, a trader, said the people have been complaining for the last 10 years and yet they vote him back to power. MK Gupta, a school teacher, said had development been an issue, Pal would have lost the previous election. But because of his political stature, he managed to garner votes, he said.
“In the polls after demolition of the disputed structure in the neighbouring Ayodhya, the Congress was sort of thorn in the flesh of the Muslims. Despite this, Jagdambika won in that election,” pointed out Mohammad Shafiq. Another voter said you can love him (Pal) or hate him but you can’t ignore him. Other candidates from Basti (Sadar) are BJP’s Ashtabhuja Shukla and BSP’s Nandu Choudhary. Nandu fared well in the 2002 elections on the BJP ticket. He had polled 24.07 per cent of votes only after Pal who polled 31.10 per cent votes.
Rajmani Pandey is contesting as a SP candidate. In 2002, the SP had polled 18.24 per cent votes. Interestingly, Daya Shankar Patwa, one of the 10 neo-rich candidates, has jumped the fray as an Independent.