Litmus test for tainted ex-minister in Maharajpur

The newly-created Maharajpur Assembly seat will witness a contest featuring a scam-tainted ex-minister and two incumbent MLAs.

Kanpur: The newly-created Maharajpur
Assembly seat will witness a contest featuring a scam-tainted
ex-minister and two incumbent MLAs with their reputation at

Newly created after delimitation, the Maharajpur
constituency has about 3.79 lakh voters. The field includes
powerful ex-minister Anant Mishra who was recently sacked
after being named in the NHRM scam along with Babu Singh

Mishra is the brother of another reputed BSP leader
Satish Chandra Mishra. After being denied a ticket, Mishra has
propped up his wife Shikha Mishra as a first-time BSP

The BJP candidate for the seat is Satish Mahana from
Cantt, who narrowly lost to incumbent and union minister
Shriprakash Jaiswal in the last election, along with the SP`s
Aruna Tomar, MLA from Sarsaul and Dharamraj Singh from the

Of the 3.79 lakh voters in Maharajpur, Brahmins command
the majority with 92,000 voters and Dalits with 82,000.

Political analysts say, if the BSP`s Brahmin-Dalit card
succeeds again, it will boost the chances of Shikha Mishra,
wife of ex-minister Anant Mishra who has been camping in the
area, in support.

The BJP`s Satish Mahana, MLA from Cantt area is
contesting as a large area of his present seat is now part of
Maharajpur after delimitation. A confident Mahana on Monday said, "People are aware of my developmental work, having been
an MLA from the area for a long time. After delimitation, the
situation has changed and I am contesting from this seat and I
have support in both rural and urban areas."

Mahana is confident he will get not only the BSP`s Dalit
vote but also the SP`s traditional Yadav vote and claims
Brahmins are his party`s real vote bank. He also claimed the
SP and BSP will be fighting for second and third place while
Congress was irrelevant.

The SP also claims victory for its candidate Aruna Tomar
as a large part of her present constituency of Sarsaul is now
in Maharajpur. Observers say, with 90 per cent of villages of
Sarsaul now part of Maharajpur assembly segment , the SP
considers the area`s 62,000 backward and 26,000 Muslim voters,
as its traditional vote bank.

Tomar`s husband Lal Singh Tomar has been an SP MLC and
the duo have been campaigning extensively and have
successfully turned it into a triangular contest.


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