Lesser known assembly constituency Charkhari in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh has suddenly become a VIP seat grabbing headlines with fire brand Bharatiya Janata Party leader Uma Bharti filing her nomination from here. The high profile seat goes to poll on Thursday in the fifth phase which will decide the fate of total 829 candidates including 87 women.

All the BJP heavyweights have campaigned in favour of Uma. However all the political parties are trying to paint Uma as an “outsider.” Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister enjoys massive support here. Certainly her prestige is at stake on the high profile seat.

In 2007, Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Anil Kumar Ahirwar defeated Ambesh Kumari of the Samajwadi Party. Interestingly, the BJP failed to open its account in the Bundelkhand region in 2007. This time, the saffron party has pinned hope to win some seats in the region.

The BSP fielded Duram Choudhary from the high profile seat while the SP reposed faith in Kaptan Singh Rajpoot. Ram Jeevan Dadda is contesting from the Congress ticket from the seat. Both the Congress and the SP are trying to make the fight multi-cornered.
The BJP’s good showing will bolster Uma’s claim as Chief Ministerial candidate.