Lucknow, The campaigning for the by-elections on the vacant seats of Azamgarh and Rampur Lok Sabha came to an end on Tuesday evening. In these two seats, there is a direct electoral battle between the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). BJP leaders contacted every section here to win these seats. On the other hand, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav did not consider it appropriate to go campaigning in both Azamgarh and Rampur seats. People of Dalit and Muslim society are angry in Azamgarh for not coming to campaign for Akhilesh Yadav. These people say that Akhilesh Yadav wants our society’s vote but he does not like to come among us. In such a situation, now our society will vote for only those who will become the companion of our sorrow and pain.
All the people of Dalit and Muslim society living in Mubarakpur and Ki Sagadi assembly constituencies of Azamgarh expressed their thoughts towards the SP chief on Tuesday. In both these areas, Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Shah Alam alias Guddu Jamali’s slogan ‘Bahri vs Apna Bhai’ is on people’s tongue. To woo the voters, all the tactics are being adopted ranging from caste equations. For BJP, BSP and SP, this Azamgarh by-election remains a question of prestige. And in this election, not coming to Azamgarh to campaign for Akhilesh Yadav remains a big issue. National Ulema Council spokesperson Advocate Talha Rashadi has given it more air by announcing support to BSP candidate Guddu Jamali.
Talha Rashadi says that the SP chief does not need the votes of our society, if he needed, he would have come here to campaign among our society. If he (Akhilesh) does not do this, then we are also assuming that he does not want our vote. Now the people of Dalit society are also saying the same thing here. Ramkumar, a resident of Sagadi, says that Akhilesh has betrayed our society. Our leader announced to give ticket to Sunil Anand, son of Balihari Babu, but then forgot him. Akhilesh did not treat our leader properly. In our village, the people of SP did not even come to ask for votes. Kamal and Shahid, standing with Ramkumar, said that during the CAA and NRC agitation in this district, all the youth went to jail, but the SP President did not give any statement and did not come himself. Akhilesh ji did not pay attention even during the Corona period. Then when the elections came, the leaders of the entire state came, they should have come at that time also. That is why now we will also not support those who cheat. On the last day of the election campaign, the resentment of the people of Dalit and Muslim society can overwhelm the SP.
There are about eighteen and a half lakh voters in Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat, out of which about 3.5 lakh are Yadav voters. The seat has more than three lakh Muslim voters. There are more than three lakh Dalit voters. These are those caste equations on the basis of which SP has been fighting elections in Azamgarh with full force and winning it with a big margin. The results of the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections also confirm that Azamgarh’s Muslim-Yadav equation was successful in getting the SP a big victory. But the displeasure of Dalit and Muslim society for not coming to campaign in Azamgarh by Akhilesh Yadav may overwhelm the SP. There are about six lakh votes of the Dalit and Muslim community in this seat, if half of these people distance themselves from the SP, then it will be as difficult as the SP candidate. To avoid this situation, the entire Saifai family is camping in Azamgarh. At present, BSP candidate Guddu Jamali is presenting a tough challenge in the election between BJP candidate Dinesh Lal Yadav alias Nirhua and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav’s cousin Dharmendra Yadav. In such a situation, how the caste math of Akhilesh Yadav’s MY will sit in favor of SP or not, it will be known only after the election results.
Azamgarh Lok Sabha by-election at a glance
BJP: Dinesh Lal Yadav alias ‘Nirhua’
SP: Dharmendra Yadav
BSP: Guddu Jamali
Total Voters : 18,38,593