Muslims in Faizabad seem to be tilting towards BSP that has fielded 31-year-old Bazmee Siddiqui
and politics,” said Praveen Gupta, a trader. Jayashankar Dubey disagrees. “Ramnagri ko jitne ke liye bhi Bajpa ko Sapai ki zaroorat padh rahi hai. They should have selected Gupta’s brother who has built AC toilets in the market. He is more popular.”
At Bikapur in Faizabad, the party has given ticket to Shobha Singh, wifeof formerRLDministerMunna Singh. Here, caste could play a big roleassummedupbyAshokMishra: “People haven’t forgotten how Munna Singh had defeated a brahmin in the block election. Some traditional BJP voters were hurt by that.”
In the temple town here, there is palpable anger against SP minister and candidate Pawan Pandey, who wrested the seat from BJP in 2012. “He became a minister not once, but twice in Akhilesh cabinet only because he defeated the BJP. Unki toh puri lanka sone ki thi, par unhone use jaladi (everything was going good for him but he ruined everything),” said Rudraman Singh, a resident, on how Pandey could have donemoreforthetownandtheparty.
Traders in the market, however, feel Pandey is still not out of the game as it is a “trikoni (triangular) fight”. Pandey was accused of thrashing Ashu Malik in CM Akhilesh’s house after the stage drama during the 25th anniversary of the Samajwadi Party. He was ex-