LUCKNOW: The byelection for Rampur Assembly seat on Monday recorded the lowest turnout in the constituency since 1951. According to the Election Commission, Rampur has 3.88 lakh voters including 1.82 women voters.
On Monday, only 31.2% votes were cast – 25.4% lower than the 56.6% turnout recorded on the seat in the Assembly election held in March this year. In 1951, Rampur City had recorded 38.1% turnout.
Rampur has been a stronghold of the Samajwadi Party, particularly of its leader Azam Khan, since 1993 (only losing to Congress in 1996). For over four decades, Rampur sent Azam Khan to the Assembly 10 out of his 11 attempts. In 2019, Azam’s wife Tazeen Fatma was elected the MLA from the seat after her husband resigned post his win in Rampur Lok Sabha election.
Last month, Azam was disqualified as Rampur MLA following his conviction in a hate speech case. SP has fielded Azam’s close aide Asim Raza Khan in the bypoll. Meanwhile, lower voter turnout was also recorded in the assembly constituency of Khatauli (Muzaffarnagar).
Till reports last came, the constituency recorded 56.5% turnout against 69.8% turnout in March 2022. The constituency has 3.12 lakh voters, including 1.45 lakh women. Low voter turnout was also recorded in the high-profile Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat which fell vacant after the demise of SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The Yadav bastion recorded 52.3% voter turnout, which was 56.77 % in 2019. Mainpuri has 17.41 lakh voters, including eight lakh women. SP has fielded Mulayam’s daughterin-law Dimple Yadav while BJP has given chance to Raghuraj Singh Shakya. Shakya has been MP on SP’s ticket in 1999 and 2004 and later became MLA with SP support in Etawah Sadar seat.

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