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.
All major political parties in the assembly election from February 11, have sought to make demonetisation a poll issue.
BJP's Sangeet Som demanded that the Election Commission should look at Qureshi's spending in these elections.
"Modi has told people that your money is useless, tear it and throw it away. Go stand in the queue,” Rahul Gandhi said.
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