Mus­lims in Faiz­abad seem to be tilt­ing to­wards BSP that has fielded 31-year-old Bazmee Sid­diqui

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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-

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