Man who drove Rahul to Bhatta gets Cong ticket
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) announced their candidates for the three assembly seats (Noida, Dadri and Jevar) as early as six months ago, but BJP and Congress have failed to do so.india Updated: Dec 28, 2011 18:27 IST
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) announced their candidates for the three assembly seats (Noida, Dadri and Jevar) as early as six months ago, but BJP and Congress have failed to do so.
BSP has fielded Om Datt Sharma from Noida, sitting MLA Satyaveer Gurjar from Dadri and Sikandrabad (Bulandshahr) MLA Vedram Bhati from Jevar.
SP has fielded Sunil Chaudhary from Noida, Fakirchand Nagar from Dadri and Virendra Bhati from Jevar.
Congress leaders say party general secretary Rahul Gandhi is taking personal interest in ticket distribution. The party has announced only one candidate — Thakur Dhirendra Singh for the Jevar seat. Dhirendra is the person who drove Rahul on his bike, when the leader first openly took on chief minister Mayawati by secretly entering Bhatta-Parsaul despite prohibitory orders being in force.
While Janta Dal-U has fielded Manveer Singh Tevatia, in jail for Bhatta-Parsaul violence, from Jevar, BJP is still undecided on its candidates. Mahesh Sharma of Kailash Hospital, former minister Nawab Singh Nagar and former MP Ashok Pradhan are in the race for the ticket. While Noida will almost be an urban constituency, in Jevar and Dadri seats, voters of Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway will decide the fate of candidates.
About 10 lakh voters will exercise their franchise in the three assembly seats in the district, comprising voters of different communities including Gurjar (38%), Thakur (22%), Bramhin (10%), Dalit (11%) and Muslim (10%).