Azamgarh/RampurA minute ago
Voting for Lok Sabha by-elections in Azamgarh and Rampur has started at 7 am. There are 13 candidates in the fray in Azamgarh and 6 in Rampur. Around 35 lakh voters are casting their votes for these candidates in both the places. A total of 3,809 booths have been set up. Both these seats fell vacant after the resignation of SP President Akhilesh Yadav from Azamgarh and Azam Khan in Rampur.
Voting began at Shivli polling station in Azamgarh district amid heavy security arrangements.
The BJP has put all its might to win both the seats. The contest in Azamgarh is triangular. Here SP has nominated Dharmendra Yadav, BJP has nominated Bhojpuri star Dinesh Lal Yadav Nirhua as its candidate. BSP has fielded Shah Alam alias Guddu Jamali. The fight in Rampur is between SP and BJP. SP has bet on Azam Khan’s close aide Asim Raja. Ghanshyam Lodhi is in the fray from the BJP, who has been close to Azam Khan. He had joined the BJP only two months before the 2022 assembly elections. BSP is not contesting elections in Rampur.
Azam Khan said before the start of the election- If the vote percentage drops, then the blame will fall on the entire administration.
Voters showed enthusiasm at Shivli polling station in Azamgarh district since morning. A handicapped going to cast his vote.
In the Civil Lines area of Rampur, voters started reaching to cast their votes since morning. Voters waiting for their turn amid heavy security.
a look at the stats
Azamgarh Nirhua is in the field again after the defeat
In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Akhilesh Yadav defeated BJP’s Dinesh Lal Yadav Nirhua by more than 2.5 lakh votes. Akhilesh got 6 lakh 21 thousand votes. Nirhua was able to get only 3 lakh 61 thousand votes. But, this time BSP is also in the fight and the fight has become triangular. Therefore, the entire focus is stuck on the caste vote equation.
Mehnagar, Azamgarh Sadar, Mubarakpur, Sagdi and Gopalpur assembly seats come in Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat. Mehnagar assembly seat is reserved for Scheduled Caste. There are more than one lakh Dalit voters here. Apart from this, there are more than 70 thousand Yadav voters. The number of Rajbhar and Chauhan voters is also more than 35 thousand. The number of Muslim voters in this seat is also more than 20 thousand. Azamgarh Sadar seat has the maximum number of more than 75 thousand Yadav voters. The number of Dalit and Muslim voters is also close to 60 thousand.
Rampur Lok Sabha seat is important for SP
There are five assembly seats in the Rampur Lok Sabha seat. Here two assembly seats are occupied by the BJP, while three are occupied by the SP. In the three assembly seats here, the margin of victory and defeat is decided by more than 50 percent Muslim voters. Apart from this, the voters of Lodh caste also have a lot of dominance in the area. If we talk about all the assembly seats, then in the last election, SP got more than 5 lakh 40 thousand votes. The BJP got only 4.5 lakh votes in all the assembly constituencies. The total number of voters of this Lok Sabha seat is about 16 lakhs.
DM Vishal Bhardwaj and SP Anurag Arya flagging off polling parties for the by-elections in Azamgarh.
Web camera is being monitored in Azamgarh
In Azamgarh, 2176 polling booths have been set up in 5 assembly constituencies. District Election Officer Vishal Bhardwaj said that the booths are being monitored through web cameras. Webcasting has been arranged at 1 thousand 633 booths. Web cameras have been installed at 385 booths. Micro observers are deployed at 245 booths. SP Anurag Arya says that along with paramilitary police force has also been deployed at every booth. Eight cluster mobile teams have been deployed at the police station. One mobile team will cover 8 to 10 polling stations.
Polling in Rampur is being held under tight security
Webcasting of 1544 polling stations is going on. That is, 70% of the polling places in the district are directly in the eyes of the Election Commission of India. Seven security circles have been made at the polling stations. SP AK Shukla said that 1982 digital volunteers have been deployed. Also, at every booth, 10 people from every village will be digitally connected at all times. With this, any untoward incident can be prevented by taking immediate action.