Sitapur (UP): A close contest is on the cards
for nine Assembly seats here with Samajwadi Party and BSP,
which had shared the honours in the last elections, trying to
outdo each other and BJP and Congress trying to make inroads.
SP managed to edge out arch-rival BSP by the odd seat out
of the nine in the 2007 hustings. The delimitation exercise
will also make things different this time.
In Sitapur Sadar seat, SP`s Radhey Shyam Jaiswal, who had
completed a hat-trick of victories in 2007, is vying for a
fourth term. He is challenged by Haji Jalis Ansari of
Congress, first-timer Mohammad Ayub from BSP and Saket Mishra
of the BJP.
The newly-constituted Sewta seat is also in limelight
this time with former Union minister Ammar Rizvi (Congress),
tea company owner Naval Kishore Tandon (BJP) and Ranjana
Bajpai (BSP) pitted against SP`s Mahendra Pratap Singh alias
In Mishrik seat, sitting MLA Rampal Rajvansi of SP will
try to retain his seat against BSP`s Manish Rawat and Ashish
Kumar of BJP.
Debutant Manjari Rahi, the daughter-in-law of former
Union minister Ramlal Rahi, will try her luck from the Hargaon
seat. She faces three other women candidates -- Ramhet Bharti
(BSP), R P Chowdhury (SP) and BJP`s Kiran Bala Chowdhury.
In Mohali, former BSP member Gaya Prasad is fielded by
Congress against SP`s Anoop Gupta and first-timer Mahesh Kumar
Mishra of BSP, while BJP`s candidate is Bhanu Pratap Singh.
Anoop is the son of heavyweight Om Prakash Gupta, whose
name figured on the CBI probe in the multi-crore food grain
In all total over 26.60 lakh voters including over 12
lakh women, will exercise their franchise in the district to
decide the fate of 121 candidates on February 8.