Rampur and Azamgarh Lok Sabha By-Election Voting is Now Underway, Serving as Yogi 2.0's First Test a

Updated: Jul 19

The Rampur and Azamgarh Lok Sabha byelections, which are being held in Uttar Pradesh, are being viewed as the first significant test of the Yogi 2.0 government. Samajwadi Party will be vying to keep both seats.

Samajwadi Party won the seats of Azamgarh and Rampur in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, but they became vacant after Azam Khan and Akhilesh Yadav submitted their resignations after deciding to stay on as MLAs.

On Thursday, SP leader and MLA Azam Khan accused the Rampur Police and administration of inciting violence on election day. "I was awake all night. Our Lok Sabha candidates visited the police stations at Rampur's Ganj, Kotwali, and Civil Lines. The inspector of Ganj PS acted in the lewdest manner. He turned to physical force. If the polling percentage declines, the administration is to blame, Azam Khan said to the news agency ANI.

Azam Khan continued by claiming that "jeeps and sirens were everywhere in the city," that "people were being taken to the police station and being beaten up," and that "some money transfers as well."

It's dishonorable. I recognize my criminal status. Therefore, it has also been assumed that my city is the same. We must put up with whatever they choose to do. Azam Khan continued, "If I want to stay, I have to put up with it.

Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, attacked the Samajwadi Party earlier on Tuesday, claiming that, unlike the previous administration, the BJP's double-engine government has fought to free the people from the grip of the land mafia. The CM stated, "Inki rassi Jal Gayi par pain than nahi Gayi [They lost all their powers but yet their attitude didn't drop down]" in a covert attack on SP MLA Azam Khan in his stronghold Rampur. Rampur won't ever again be a haven for terrorists, says the BJP.

Before the by-elections, the CM made the comments while speaking at gatherings in the Bilaspur and Milak regions in favor of BJP candidate Ghanshyam Singh Lodhi. "In the past, land mafias frequently repressed the poor by encroaching on their land. Our government returned the land to the underprivileged after taking office, and it also took action against these mafias, he claimed.

Ghanshyam Lodhi, a former Samajwadi Party MLC who joined the BJP before the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, is now running against Asim Raza, a Samajwadi Party candidate who Azam Khan personally selected for this race. For the Rampur byelection, neither the Congress nor the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has fielded a candidate.

But in Azamgarh, BSP candidate Shah Alam alias Guddu Jamali is the one who has hampered SP candidate Dharmendra Yadav's campaign. The Bhojpuri artist Dinesh Lal Yadav, also known as Nirahua, who received almost 3.6 lakh votes in 2019 but was defeated by Akhilesh Yadav, is once again running for this seat for the BJP.

Additionally, the race for the Azamgarh seat has heated up because the political group Rashtriya Ulama Council, led by cleric Aamir Rashadi Madni, endorsed BSP candidate Shah Alam, a.k.a. Guddu Jamali. Jamali asserted that now that he had the support of the RUC, his victory is assured.

The Rashtriya Ulama Council's influence in the assembly districts of Sadar, Mubarakpur, and Gopalpur, which are a part of the Azamgarh parliamentary constituency, is cited as the primary cause of this. With the help of the Rashtriya Ulama Council, the BSP was able to gain four seats in the 2017 UP assembly elections.

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