Lucknow east assembly constituency is one of the high profile seats which will witness Bharatiya Janata Party stalwart Kalraj Mishra locking horns with former Chief Secretary AP Singh’s daughter Jushi Singh in the fourth phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh.

Juhi is contesting on the Samajwadi Party ticket, while the Bahujan Samaj Party has fielded Captain KC Tripathi. The Congress has allotted ticket to Ramesh Srivastava.

Despite being a Rajya Sabha MP, Kalraj is contesting from Lucknow east seat to enter the assembly. Certainly his prestige is at stake. Political observers say that he is contesting assembly polls to bolster his claim for chief ministerial candidate if the party crosses the magic figure 202 seats in the 403-member House.

If we have a look at the 2007 assembly poll results, BJP candidate Vidya Sagar Gupta defeated Fakhir Siddiqui of the SP by a very thin margin.

In post delimitation, political parties are evaluating their vote percentage on the basis of their caste population. The BJP is polarizing the Kayastha, Brahmin and Thakur in its favour. The party is striving hard to ensure victory of Kalraj. Uttarakhand BJP leaders and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh have campaigned for him to woo the Pahari and Thakur voters.

As far as the SP is concerned, AP Singh is trying to cash in on his old association with the area for making poll waves in favour of daughter Juhi.

JPN