NEW DELHI

Fight begins for Milkipur seat

FAIZABAD, OCT. 11. All the major political parties in Uttar Pradesh have geared up to put up a strong fight for the by election to the Milkipur seat, while the Samajwadi Party was trying its best to retain the seat.

The SP has fielded former MLAs Ram Chandra Yadav for the seat while BSP has fielded present MP Mitrasen Yadav's son Anand Sen. The election to the seat has been due after Anand Sen vacated it earlier resigning as MLA from the SP. His father had joined the BSP after the SP denied him ticket to contest the recently held Lok Sabha polls. Mr. Mitrasen has been the MLA five times consecutively from the seat and twice MP from Faizabad.

Besides, the SP and BSP would face a stiff opposition from BJP's Devendra Mani Tripathi, Congress's Hanuman Prasad Tripathi, Apna Dal's Anjani Kumar and some other candidates.

Banners, posters and hoardings of all the parties have already been put up everywhere in the constituency.

The bypoll also holds importance as the main battle is between two Yadav community contestants while Mr Mitrasen also has a ``personal hold'' over the place, sources said.

Senior leaders, including BSP president Mayawati and BJP leader Kalyan Singh, have conducted campaigns for their candidates in the area.

Prior to the announcement of the elections here, the State Public Works Department Minister, Shivpal Singh Yadav, had announced a sum of Rs 75 crore for the development of the area.

Sources said casteism was a dominating factor in the polls here. According to statistics, scheduled caste and Brahmin voters account for 60,000 each of the total electorate while Yadavs and Nishads account for about 30,000 each.

In the Assembly election in 2002, SP had received 54,545 votes, BJP - 51,459 votes, BSP - 14,598 and Congress - 5,183. There are 2,78,664 voters in the constituency and 271 polling centres have been made for the byelection. The electronic voting machines would be used for polling to be held here on October 13.

Besides Punjab police, para-military force, PAC and other police force have been deployed in the area.

UNI

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