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Lucknow West constituency: Law & order, civic problems on list of people’s problems

Most of the areas in the constituency are poorly connected with the rest of city. The only connectivity comes from busy Nakkhas to Eveready crossing road.

lucknow Updated: Feb 18, 2017 13:32 IST
Anupam Srivastava
Anupam Srivastava
Lucknow, Hindustan Times
Uttar Pradesh assembly elections 2017,Lucknow West constituency,Phase 3
Poor drainage system is a concern at Bulaki Adda.(Dheeraj Dhawan/HT Photo)

Lucknow west is perhaps the only constituency here where law and order will be a bigger poll issue than anything else.

The recent murder of oil trader Shravan Sahu in Saadatganj is weighing heavy on residents’ minds. “Police are used for political gains and the Shravan Sahu murder probe must be handed over to the CBI. Residents don’t have faith in police as the force is not acting in a fair way,” said Shivam Khurana, a local.

“Besides law and order, water-logging, poor drainage, sewer system are also issues,” said A Siddiqui, a resident of Bulaki Adda.

However, with the end of campaigning for phase 3 of polls, all major parties have put in their entire strength to woo voters through promises of making the area the best in Lucknow.

Santosh Rai, a resident, said: “The constituency is yet to see development. All the wards like Haiderganj, Kanhaiyya Madhopur, Balaganj, Labour colony, Alamnagar, Saadatganj, Hardeen Rai Nagar, Maulana Kalbe Abid ward, Gaarhi Peer Khan, Asharfabad, Kashmiri Mohalla, Acharya Narendra Dev, Sheetla Devi, Amberganj, Kunwar Jyoti Prakash, and Rajajipuram are among the most backward wards of the city. All major parties are wooing voters with promises but none has done anything for the ward.”

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Poor connectivity

Most of the areas in the constituency are poorly connected with the rest of city. The only connectivity comes from busy Nakkhas to Eveready crossing road.

Constituency Profile
  • 3,87,354 voters
  • 2,10,634 are males
  • 1,76,693 are females
  • Overall Literacy: 79.33%
  • Sex ratio: 906/1,000

Residents of Saadatganj, Alamnagar, Rajajipuram, Kanhaiyya Madhopur, Asharfabad, have to face traffic jams every day to reach their destinations. People feel that this area should have had metro rail network.

“If we have to go to Vidhan Sabha Marg or Hazratganj, it takes more than two hours because of traffic jam. Lucknow Metro should have connected Rajajipuram and Munshipulia rather than Transport Nagar and Munshipulia,” said Deep Prakash, resident of Rajajipuram.

Power supply a major problem

Poor power infrastructure in this constituency leads to a number of demonstrations during summers. Balaganj, Saadatganj, Rajajipuram, Asharfabad and Thakurgannj face prolonged power cuts despite promises of improvement in power supply, said Ankit Pandey, a local.

Contaminated water supply

The Lucknow West constituency is also plagued by poor water supply. At some places, water lines are joined with sewers causing epidemics every year, said Shaishav, a resident of Bulaki Adda.

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“The requirements of the constituency are basic, which are promised every time but never delivered,” lamented Deep Prakash, a resident of Rajajipuram.

Tough battle for SP

The ruling Samajwadi Party is facing a tough battle in Lucknow West assembly seat it had won last time, while the BJP and BSP have queered the pitch to win here by highlighting failures of SP.

In this constituency comprising Old City areas, sitting SP MLA Mohd Rehan is in a direct fight with BJP’s Suresh Srivastava, former MLA and BSP candidate Armaan Khan who being a Muslim, seems to be damaging the prospects of Rehan.

Residents said Rehan had not taken care of them and worked only in areas of his vote bank.

However, Rehan said, “Samajwadi Party never believes in discrimination and it has performed. Everyone can see development and beautification in Old City areas. All the lanes in Chowk and Thakurganj have been re-laid while power supply has improved considerably.”

BJP candidate Suresh Chandra Srivastava said he was confident of victory this year as during his term as MLA he served all sections of society. “Things have deteriorated during the Samajwadi Party rule. BJP is the only ray of hope for the area.”

On the other hand, Armaan Khan who has been into social work for the last three years said he was confident of victory because of the work he did in the area.

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First Published: Feb 18, 2017 13:32 IST