Nothing much has changed in Bundelkhand. One sees bad roads everywhere. Locals say this is due to overloaded illegal sand-carrying trucks.
BJP is its main opponent in Jhansi Nagar and SP may put up a good show in Mauranipur and Garautha. In Babina, the contest seems to be between the BJP and SP.
"I don’t know why my party is doing this (projecting me prominently). Even in my distant thought I do not imagine myself being a leader in UP."
The districts where polling will be held on Feb 15 are Moradabad, Sambhal, Bareilly, Amroha, Pilibhit, Kheri, Shahjahanpur and Badaun.
In Deoband, Mavia Ali, who won a by-election last year on a Congress ticket, is the SP candidate this time.
Though there is a newfound aggression among Dalits, they are still reluctant to speak their mind on who they will vote for.
In Bijnor, barring the two reserved seats, all BSP candidates are Muslims. SP has fielded four Muslims, giving hope to BJP that the minority votes will get divided.
BJP has tried to polarise the elections in the western part of UP with the likes of Yogi Adityanath, Hukum Singh and Sanjeev Balyan.
Jatavs constitute over 50% of the Dalits and in constituencies where BSP has fielded a Muslim candidate, the combination can make Mayawati’s party invincible.
Kairana MP Hukum Singh’s daughter Mriganka, who is contesting on a BJP ticket, appears to be on a weak wicket with Singh’s nephew and RLD candidate Anil Chauhan cutting into her votes.
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