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The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

whostarted­outasateacher,has­been an MLA from Ga­rautha and once rep­re­sented Jhansi in the Lok Sabha. He con­tested from Babina in 2007 and 2012, but lost to BSP. Lo­cals say Yash­pal is yet to be tested, but praise him for cam­paign­ing hard.

BJP has fielded Ra­jiv Paricha from Babina. Be­long­ing to the Jadaun caste,heis­bankingonthecadrevotes as his com­mu­nity has a minis­cule pres­ence. KS Ra­jput, a Lodh, is the BSP can­di­date and the sit­ting MLA. There are some 40,000 Lodhs in this con­stituency. While Bharati, who be-

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