SP’s Core Sup­port Base Lend­ing Weight to Al­liance Part­ner Cong

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Bahraich: While BJP is bet­ting big on 103 As­sem­bly seats that Congress is con­test­ing un­der al­liance with Sa­ma­jwadi Party in Ut­tar Pradesh, the grand old party may show a sur­pris­ing re­silience as the core SP sup­port base ap­peared to be lend­ing fil­lip to their new al­liance part­ner.

“I don’t re­mem­ber when I last voted for Congress. Must have been over 25 years ago. But, I will vote this time for the sake of the al­liance,” said Rak­sharam Ya­dav, in his mid50s, at Ferib­hit vil­lage in Bal­ram­pur as­sem­bly seg­ment in Shrawasti Lok Sabha con­stituency.

“I plan to vote for Congress for the sake of Akhilesh Ya­dav,” echoes Jhab­bal Ya­dav, in his mid-20s, at Shriduttganj mar­ket on the other end of Bal­ram­pur. SP has de­nied ticket to its sit­ting Bal­ram­pur MLA and of­fered the seat to Congress.

“If there was a SP can­di­date, I would have voted for him. Now, I will vote for Congress as they are in al­liance,” says Qur­ban Ali, at Si­pahia dif­fer­ent party lines ad­mit­ted Cong can­di­date be­ing in the main con­test in Nan­para & Bal­ram­pur

tri­an­gu­lar con­test in Ma­hasi

can­di­date ap­peared strong con­tender in Payag­pur at ex­pense of Cong

Bal­ram­pur and Payag­pur go to the polls on Fe­bru­ary 27

Pi­uli vil­lage, Ma­hasi as­sem­bly of Bahraich LS con­stituency.

Ali­is­sur­round­ed­by­h­is­fel­low­com­mu­nity mem­bers with an agent of lo­cal LPG dealer con­firm­ing iden­ti­ties of ben­e­fi­cia­ries of PM Ujjwala Scheme. His com­pan­ions nod in agree­ment even when they praise the scheme which finds men­tion in PM Modi’s elec­tion speeches in UP. Sim­i­lar is the case with many Mus­lim re­spon­dents ET spoke to.

“Will vote for Congress for their al­liance with SP. SP gov­ern­ment cares for us,” says Ab­dus Sat­tar, in his mid40s, at Imam­ganj that falls un­der Nan­para as­sem­bly seg­ment in Bahraich LS con­stituency. Oth­ers work­ing at the shop of a Poplar tim­ber busi­ness agree. Some, in fact, has­ten to rea­son why they pre­fer Congress’Mus­lim­can­di­datea­gainst the BSP’s Mus­lim can­di­date.

That Congress can­di­dates un­der the al­liance were fight­ing on strength of SP sup­port base gets ap­par­ent in Payag­pur as­sem­bly seg­ment in Kais­er­ganj Lok Sabha con­stituency. Congress and SP ap­peared in a friendly fight in this con­stituency as nei­ther side has with­drawn their can­di­date for the al­liance sake.

Most of SP-Congress al­liance sup­port­ers ET spoke to in Payag­pur said they pre­ferred SP nom­i­nee. Few men­tioned Congress can­di­date in the fray. In­ci­den­tally, the SP can­di­date is a sit­ting MLA elected on Congress ticket and de­fected to SP ahead of elec­tions.

Say it’s a Also, the SP

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