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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: SP-BSP alliance takes lead in campaigning in Gautam Budh Nagar constituency

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: The Bahujan Samaj party (BSP)-Samajwadi Party (SP) alliance has got a head start in campaigning for the Gautam Buddh Nagar seat for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, as it is the only party to have announced its candidate for the constituency.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Mar 14, 2019 12:40 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times, Noida
The BSP has nominated 37-year-old Satveer Nagar as its candidate. Nagar is from Greater Noida’s Atta Gujran village, located next to the Buddh International Circuit.
The BSP has nominated 37-year-old Satveer Nagar as its candidate. Nagar is from Greater Noida’s Atta Gujran village, located next to the Buddh International Circuit.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
         

The Bahujan Samaj party (BSP)-Samajwadi Party (SP) alliance has got a head start in campaigning for the Gautam Buddh Nagar seat for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, as it is the only party to have announce its candidate for the constituency.

The BSP has nominated 37-year-old Satveer Nagar as its candidate. Nagar is from Greater Noida’s Atta Gujran village, located next to the Buddh International Circuit. He works as a real estate consultant and is contesting an election for the first time. Nagar has started campaigning in villages and has covered most of the sectors in Noida and Greater Noida.

Rival parties, such as the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), as well as other smaller parties, are yet to declare candidates for the constituency.

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“If they (parties) name their candidates just before March 25, which is the last date of filing nominations, the candidates will hardly have 10-12 days for campaigning. If the candidate is named from outside the Gautam Budh Nagar region, he or she will face great difficulty in visiting the more than 300-odd villages and close to 200 sectors in this constituency. The wise thing for parties is to name candidates as early as possible to take the lead in canvassing,” Vivek Mishra, an assistant professor, political science department of Gautam Buddha University, said.

With less than a month left for April 11, the polling day, the candidates of these parties have limited time to canvass in the five assembly segments spread over the Gautam Buddh Nagar district and parts of Bulandshahr district.

“Our party will finalise the names in the next four to five days. Ours is a cadre-based party and we have a strong network of workers at each booth. We are busy connecting with the people and visiting villages and sectors. Our party’s preparations for elections are complete,” Dr Mahesh Sharma, the sitting Member of Parliament from Gautam Buddha Nagar seat and a Union minister, said.

 

If the parties name candidates shortly before March 25, they will be able to give only two days per segment, party leaders said.

“If a candidate is named by March 25 then there will be only 12-14 days left for canvassing. Our party will finalise the candidate at the earliest. If a candidate is chosen from the Gautam Budh Nagar, he or she will be able to locate all areas which are part of the constituency. Imagine if a candidate is paradropped from outside from any party, how will he or she be able to understand the area and canvass in such a short time,” Raghuraj Singh, a Congress leader, said.

There are a total of 2,241,234 voters in the constituency, a figure which is expected to rise as the administration is still adding new voters. There were 1,984,196 voters in 2014. The Gautam Buddh Nagar parliamentary constituency was formed post delimitation in 2009. Earlier, Noida was part of the Khurja parliamentary constituency.

In 2014, Dr Mahesh Sharma (BJP) won the seat defeating incumbent MP Surendra Singh Nagar (BSP) by 258,871 votes. In the 2009 general elections, Surendra Singh Nagar had won the seat by 15,904 votes, defeating Dr Mahesh Sharma of the BJP.

For complete coverage of Lok Sabha Elections 2019, click here.

First Published: Mar 14, 2019 12:24 IST

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