Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: UP’s Faizabad is a politically-sensitive seat
Faizabad Lok Sabha constituency in the Awadh region of Uttar Pradesh is held by the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Before that, the Congress held the politically-sensitive constituency of Faizabad since the elections were first held in 1957. The grand old party has won seven times followed by the BJP at four times.
The Faizabad parliamentary constituency is some 70 kilometres from Ayodhya town, which houses the makeshift Ram temple at the disputed site where the Babri Masjid was demolished by Hindu kar sevaks (volunteers) in December 1992. The Faizabad Lok Sabha seat comprises five assembly segments — Dariyaba, Rudauli, Milkipur, Bikapur and Ayodhya.
After 1999, the BJP has won the seat only once. In 2009 and in 2004, the seat was won by candidates from the Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), respectively. The BJP faces a formidable caste-based alliance of the BSP and the SP, which count Dalits, OBCs and Muslims among their supporters.
Uttar Pradesh, which sends the maximum number of members to Parliament at 80, will go to polls in all the seven phases of the Lok Sabha election 2019. Votes will be counted on May 23.
Here are a few details about the Faizabad Lok Sabha seat:
State: Uttar Pradesh
Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Faizabad
Polling date: May 6
2019 candidates: Nirmal Khatri (Congress), Lallu Singh (BJP), Anandsen Yadav (SP), Vijay Shankar Pandey (Lok Gathbandhan Party)
Sitting MP, party: Lallu Singh, BJP
Winning margin in 2014: 282,775
Runner up name, party: Mitrasen Yadav, SP
Number of voters in 2014: 1,022,716
Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 58.82%
Number of women voters in 2014: 802,665
Number of polling booths in 2014: 1,745