Dariyabad (Barabanki): It is said people
don`t cast their vote, they vote for their caste in this
constituency, where Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma`s
prestige is at stake.
Beni`s son Rakesh Verma is getting a tough fight from SP
and BJP candidates in this seat, where muslim and scheduled
caste votes could prove to be the deciding factor.
Rakesh, who is the Congress candidate is banking on
development works done by him and his father and promising a
complete change if elected, the seat in which he was second
runner up in 2007 polls is not going to be a cake walk for
A cabinet minister in the Mulayam Singh Yadav regime,
Rakesh secured only 17,891 votes in 2007 and stood at the
third place as a candidate of the Samajwadi Kranti Dal-the
outfit floated by his father Beni after he left the SP.
Winning this seat is a prestige issue for the Union
minister, who was elevated to the post of cabinet minister due
to his say in the Kurmi vote bank.
Beni, who was recently booed in his parliamentary
constituency in front of Sonia Gandhi and earlier in Utraula
in presence of Rahul Gandhi had been charged by rivals of
misusing his Steel ministry for promoting his son here.