In Uttar Pradesh, the Bulandshahr (Sadar) assembly by-poll is set to decide the future course of Dalit politics as Chandra Shekhar Azad’s prominence in the region may hamper BSP’s traditional vote-bank. The by-elections saw a total of 18 candidates in fray, along with five independents, from Bulandshahr Sadar seat.
While Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party has given ticket to Mohammad Yunus, the Azad Samaj Party has fielded Haji Yamin, a potent minority vote-puller. Meanwhile, Usha Sirohi, the wife of former BJP MLA Virendra Singh Sirohi, is contesting for the saffron party and Sushil Chaudhary for the Congress.Meanwhile, RLD had fielded Praveen Singh with the support of the Samajwadi Party. The Azad Samaj Party had fielded Haji Yamin who is not just attracting minority voters but is also looking to emerge as an alternative to the BSP’s candidate. This time, 18 candidates were in the fray, along with five independents from Bulandshahr Sadar seat.
In the last assembly elections in 2017, late MLA Haji Alim was defeated by BJP’s late MLA Virender Sirohi, who won with 23,084 votes. The Samajwadi Party candidate, Shujat Alam, had bagged the third place with 24,030 votes.