Political turncoats heighten poll suspense in Mahoba

With several political turncoats having contested the February 23 polls in Mahoba, a guessing game has now begun on who will emerge victorious.

Last Updated: Mar 01, 2012, 18:07 PM IST

Mahoba: With several political turncoats having contested the February 23 polls in Mahoba, the beetle belt of Bundelkhand, a guessing game has now begun on who will emerge victorious.
The 58 percent voter turnout and conflicting reports on caste combinations have further added to the suspense.
While Congress fielded ex MLA Arimardan Singh alias Nanaji, who has so far joined and resigned from half a dozen parties, BJP candidate has also made quick U turns between BJP and BSP in his long political career.

So is the case with Samjawadi Party candidate Sidhagopal Sahu and BSP candidate
Rajnarayan Budhoulia.

In Mahoba like in several parts of Bundelkhand, voters` disgust with the candidates came to fore on polling day. Six booths of Hamirpur district under which Mahoba constituency falls recorded zero voting.

In 2006, the Panchayati Raj Ministry named Mahoba as one of the 250 most backward districts in India. It is also one of 34 districts in Uttar Pradesh currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).

"For five years, the area faced drought. Only last year, it rained a bit. There is nothing except boulders and hillocks here.

It is a very difficult life we lead," says Indrajit Singh at Baba Da Dhaba at Kakarbai. "Wait for the counting" is his response when asked which political party is likely to win the seat.

PTI