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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Ambedkar Nagar constituency in UP was once a BSP bastion

This constituency, which was called Akbarpur earlier, has five assembly segments of Goshainganj, Katehari, Tanda, Jalalpur and Akbarpur.

constituency watch Updated: May 06, 2019 13:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Ambedkar Nagar constituency in Uttar Pradesh goes to polls on May 12.(HT file photo)

The Ambedkar Nagar parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh was created in 2008 after the Delimitation Commission’s recommended the restructuring of the seat.

This constituency, which was called Akbarpur earlier, has five assembly segments of Goshainganj, Katehari, Tanda, Jalalpur and Akbarpur.

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The Bahujan Samaj Party’s chief Mayawati won four times from the seat, when Akbarpur was a reserved constituency for Scheduled Castes. The Ambedkar Nagar Lok Sabha was a stronghold of the BSP and it has won the elections from 1989, except in 1991 and 2007.

In the first election held after delimitation in 2009, Rakesh Pandey of the BSP won the Ambedkarnagar Lok Sabha seat and the BJP’s Hari Om Pandey bagged it in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

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It is a largely rural constituency with Scheduled Caste communities accounting for over 1/4th of the population. Muslims, Yadavs, Kurmis, Brahmins and Banias also form significant blocks of voters as do Rajbhar and Kewats.

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 Ambedkar Nagar Lok Sabha seat:

State: Uttar Pradesh

Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Ambedkar Nagar

Polling date: May 12

2019 candidates: Ritesh Pandey (BSP), Mukut Bihari (BJP), Ummed Singh Nishad (Congress)

Sitting MP, party: Hariom Pandey, BJP

Winning margin in 2014: 139,429

Runner up name, party: Rakesh Pandey, BSP

Number of voters in 2014: 1,034,404

Percentage of votes polled in 2014: 60.18%

Number of women voters in 2014: 795,221

Number of polling booths in 2014: 1,717

First Published: May 06, 2019 13:25 IST