All the bigwigs and seasoned heavyweights associated with their respective political parties are slogging out hard to boost the party workers.

Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav is also contesting from Azamgarh apart from Mainpuri to strengthen its prospects in the Purvanchal area.

Similarly, Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is batting for his party from Varanasi.

Besides, former UP chief minister and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati is also campaigning across the Purvanchal region to strengthen the base of her party ahead of the elections.

One of the biggest challenges, all the parties are facing is to cross this ninth step and what makes the task stiffer is that the contest in 18 seats across the Purvanchal region is not going to be a cake-walk at all.

The region, which is still trapped in the cobweb of regionalism and casteism, makes the pitch quite tricky for the political pundits to play on. 

There is a saying that all is well that ends well and in the political arena of Uttar Pradesh, this statements seems to be having a mighty impact on even the seasoned campaigners.

It’s mainly due to this very reason, the last phase of polls is not only confined to the process of voting but even the prestige and credibility of several parties as well as leaders are at stake.

The SP faces an uphill task of holding on to its reputation and political image due to perceived anti-incumbency. Entire Akhilesh Yadav Cabinet is pitching for the party candidates in every street and alley in rest of the constituencies.

Though the BSP’s core supporters remain with them, caste based vote bank of party candidates seems to be sliding. On the other hand, the saffron party seems to be eating into BSP’s famous social engineering formula. That’s why, Mayawati has been launching blistering attack on the BJP.

The political acumen of BJP general secretary and Modi’s close aide Amit Shah in poll management will also be at stake in the last phase of elections. Regardless of how many seats it earns would be seen as a bonus as party had dismal performance in the last LS elections.

At the same time, the 3D rallies of Modi are also doing its bit in those villages which don’t face the problem of electricity crunch.

The Purvanchal region never witnessed such a big-time political hubbub ever and it seems that all roads are leading to either Azamgarh or Varanasi. Be it on train, bus or even rickshaw, the election fever can be seen, heard and felt everywhere.

Everyone has got their own share of claims and assertions and the Modi wave can be seen even in the remote and village areas. They seemed to be quite bugged by the tagline – “acche din aane waale hai” (good days are about to come). Whether or not the good days will come, only time, in fact, May 16 results will tell.

JPN/Bureau

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