Though many seats are likely witness direct fight between SP and BJP, the Congress is struggling hard to make the contest triangular.  The by-poll results may have little or no bearing on state as well as the Central governments but the elections are more a battle of living up to credibility. The Congress, which has been badly routed in the Lok Sabha elections, is being seen as a ‘third force’.

Mainpuri

In Mainpuri constituency, a third generation member of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is testing the political waters. Mulayam has fielded his elder brother’s grandson Tejpratap Singh against BJP’s Prem Singh Sahakya from his traditional fiefdom. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Congress have not fielded any candidate. Besides, the way Samajwadi Party has infused its full strength on this seat also tells a lot about qualms over this particular constituency.

Saharanpur

The BJP will face a triangular contest this time in the communally-volatile seat of Saharanpur. This seat, which will be defended by the BJP in September 13 by-polls, has become a center of attention after incidents of communal violence hit the town in recent times. BJP candidate Rajiv Gumbar is facing a tough battle from SP candidate and former minister Sanjay Garg and Mukesh Chowdhury of Congress. Every party is slogging out in its best possible manner to win this seat.

Bijnore

BJP candidate Hemendra Pal Singh seems to be deriving gains from the division of opposition votes among rival parties. On the other hand, Humayun Baig of Congress and Peace Party’s Jalil Ahmed seem to be increasing worries for SP candidate Ruchivira. The seat, which will witness a total of 10 candidates trying their hands out, also includes two former district panchayat presidents as well. The by-election has been necessitated as Kunwar Bhartendra got elected to the Lok Sabha.

Thakurdwara

BJP candidate Rajpal Chauhan is set to receive a tougher competition from the party’s internal tiffs and miffs than SP’s Nawab Jaan and Mohammad Ullah Khan of Congress. In this constituency, the main contest is confined between BJP and SP.

Noida

The BJP believes it has a significant influence in Noida constituency. The party has fielded Vimla Batham from here against Samajwadi Party’s Kajal Sharma, wife of controversial MLA Shribhagwan Sharma alias Guddu Pandit. Also in the fray is Congress candidate Rajendra Awana. Total of 11 candidates will test their depth in political waters from here.

Nigahasan

This crucial seat is likely to witness triangular contest between SP’s Krishna Gopal Patel, Congress’ Shibhagwan and Ramkumar Varma of BJP. Total of seven candidates are in the fray. Varma has been a minister in Uttar Pradesh Cabinet and is expected to face stiff competition from Patel. Besides, the inclination of Dalit voters will play a crucial role in determining the fortunes of the candidates.

Lucknow East

This seat has much to do with upholding the credibility of Union Minister Kalraj Mishra and senior leader Lalji Tandon. The saffron party has fielded Lalji’s son Goapl Tandon from the high profile seat. He will be in the slugfest against SP’s Juhi Singh and  Ramesh Shrivastav of Congress. Apart from that, Independent candidate Shivpal Singh’s presence is also expected to make the contest interesting.

Hamirpur

There are 11 candidates are in the fray. Former SP MLA Shivcharan Prajapati is in direct fight with BJP’s Jagdish Prasad. On the other hand, Congress leader Keshav Babu Shivhare is also trying to flex some muscles. The saffron party is mainly banking upon the division of caste-based votes in order to keep its hold on this seat intact.

Sirathu

BJP MP Keshav Maurya is facing a defiant task of unfurling the saffron flag here as saffron party candidate Santosh Patel is facing tough fight from SP nominee Vachashpati Pasi. Total of 15 candidates are in the fray and role of Congress candidate Lalchand Kushwaha may emerge as a game changer of sorts.

Balha

The BJP might find itself in an uncomfortable position to save its forte in Balha after election of Savitribai Phule to the Lok Sabha. SP candidate Banshilal Baudh seems to be gaining from his past connections with BSP. The saffron party has fielded former MLA Akshaywar Lal from this seat which has minimum number of candidates (five) for September 13 by-polls.

Rohaniya

This seat, which falls under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Parliamentary constituency, will test the credibility of BJP-Apna Dal alliance. At the same time, the by-poll results will also decide the ‘dominance’ of Kurmi community in the constituency. Apna Dal has fielded its president Krishna Patel from here and she is facing a stiff competition from SP candidate Mahendra Patel, the brother of UP Minister Surendra Patel. In this battle of Patels, Congress leader Bhawna Patel is also trying her luck. There are total of 15 candidates in Rohaniya.

Charkhari

The BJP is facing the challenge of holding on to its credibility in the high profile constituency vacated by fire brand leader Uma Bharti. There are six candidates from this seat and BJP candidate Gita Singh is in a direct duel with SP’s Captain Singh Rajput. At the same time, Congress candidate Ramjivan Singh’s role in the polls is also being deemed important.

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