None other than saffron party president and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister – Rajnath Singh, is among one of the prime candidates, trying their luck from here. Though the battle seems to be quite tricky, the soft-spoken BJP chief may gain from Modi wave to sail through.

Others who can give him a run for money are former Uttar Pradesh Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi who is hoping to put up a good show riding on the ‘anti-BJP votes’. The SP is banking on Muslim vote bank and the party also gains confidence from the fact that it’s in power in the state.

Besides, the BSP is also trying to leave an impact by bringing its Dalit-Brahman card into play and of course, the AAP’s relatively politically inexperienced candidate Jaaved Jaffrey is also in the fray to make this multi-cornered contest interesting.

Elections are just a few days away and the political air is getting increasingly heated up along with the soar in mercury. The city’s voters, who are well known for their sense, sensibility and decency, have a unique political mood of sending VVIP candidate to the Parliament.

In this seat, apart from the issues related to people, the credibility of some big leaders is also at stake and taking this very fact into consideration, the people of Lucknow are giving more emphasis on electing a ‘high-profile’ Member of Parliament.

Keeping aside former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, several well-known leaders like Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, Sheila Kaul and Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna had earlier held Lucknow’s flag high in the Parliament.

According to a former BJP MLA Vindhyavasini Kumar, Rajnath Singh’s personality towers much higher in comparison to other candidates. In fact, Rajnath, being the national president of BJP, never forgets to dole out assurances of initiating several Lucknow-centric works in case Narendra Modi becomes the Prime Minister.

A glance at the graph of voters in the city, which has around 18 lakh electorates, Muslims tops the list, followed by Brahmans. The rest of the voters are from other communities like Kshatriya, Kayastha, Yadav, Dalit, Lodh and Other Backward Classes (OBC).

Modi, who himself is an OBC, can leave a significant impact upon the voters of his community, which in turn can give headaches to Mayawati-led BSP, whose prime poll plank is the caste factor.

Also, the BJP is in a lookout to bag some votes from the people of Purvanchal region. Besides, Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s core strength lies in the fact that she presently represents Cantonment constituency in the state assembly and was also the runner-up in the 2009 general elections from Lucknow.

She is also expecting to gain support from the people hailing from the hilly regions. According to Congress leader Rajendra Sharma, notwithstanding any kind of wave in the country, the overall mood of Lucknow is entirely different.

The grand old party will, however, have to deal with the Shia Muslims as the community is believed to be upset with it. Further, AAP candidate and popular actor-dancer Jaaved Jaffrey is also eyeing to bag Muslim votes in his kitty.

Not only this, SP candidate and UP Minister Abhishek Mishra is also hoping to propel his vehicle on the basis of Muslim votes. Mishra, who is looking to make a mark in this election, is banking on the fact that his party is in power in the state and being a young face, he expects youth to vote for him.

BSP candidate Nakul Dubey is looking to add a few Brahman votes in the party’s kitty along with its ‘traditional’ Dalit support.


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