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Bitter rivals for years, Congress leader and SP legislator call truce for Kairana bypolls

Congress leader Imran Masood and Samajwadi Party MLA Nahid Hasan

lucknow Updated: May 23, 2018 09:26 IST
S Raju
S Raju
Hindustan Times, Meerut
Kairana bypolls,Tabassum Hasan,Imran Masood
Imran Masood and Nahid Hasan embracing each other.(HT Photo)

Congress leader Imran Masood and Samajwadi Party legislator from Kairana, Nahid Hasan, two stalwart politicians from Western UP who have been rivals for last many years, on Tuesday announced to shed their differences and seek votes unitedly for the joint opposition candidate Tabassum Hasan in the Kairana Lok Sabha by-election scheduled on May 28.

SP leader and former minister Balraj Yadav is said be the man who orchestrated this unity, a week ahead of the polling.

Families of Hasan and Masood had been bitter rivals for last many years.

In fact, Masood had even announced to contest the Kairana by-poll as Congress candidate but later withdrew when his party announced unconditional support to the SP-supported-RLD-candidate Tabassum Hasan against Mriganka Singh of the BJP. Masood has a considerable vote base in Gangoh and Nakul assembly constituencies of Kairana Lok Sabha constituency.

Masood and his brother Noman contested election on Nakul and Gangoh respectively in 2017 and both secured second position in their respective constituencies despite the so-called Modi wave.

In the by-poll, following the party line, Imran withdrew his candidature but was inactive in mobilising voters in support of Tabassum.

However, Nahid’s visit to his home on Monday brought them together. Imran said he is against the BJP ideology and his main aim was to defeat the BJP.

Kairana constituency has over 5.5 lakh Muslim voters and alliance of these two families could pose serious troubles for the BJP.

In fact, the SP-RLD alliance has been stitched to prevent the division of Muslim votes.

RLD chief Ch Ajit Singh and his son Jayant Chaudhary are leaving no stone unturned to bring back Jat voters back in the fold of party candidate.

Constituency has over 2 lakh Jat voters and their sizeable percentage voted for BJP in 2014 general election. If RLD succeeds in reclaiming its traditional Jat voters, then their combination with Muslim and BSP’s Dalit voters would spell doom for the BJP candidate.

First Published: May 23, 2018 09:25 IST