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Is all fair in battle for votes?

Everything is fair in love,war and elections,or so it seems in this Lok Sabha polls.

Written by Agencies | Lucknow |
April 25, 2009 11:02:25 am

Everything is fair in love,war and elections,or so it seems in this Lok Sabha polls. And this is more evident in Uttar Pradesh,where a student is contesting against his guru,a nephew is pitched against his uncle,national president of a political party is competing with own lieutenant and a woman has filed nomination against a heavyweight to avenge murder of her son.

Congress nominee Reeta Bahuguna Joshi,who in fray for prestigious Lucknow parliamentary constituency,other than the political opponents is likely to face a tough fight from an unexpected candidate – Ambaresh Mishra!

Ambaresh,who is contesting on Ulema Council ticket,had been a student of Joshi at Allahabad University way back in 1981 to 1983.

“She used to teach us Medieval history at Allahabad University. At that time I was an under-graduate student and she was a lecturer,” said Ambaresh,who is a journalist by profession.

“At that time I never thought that one day I will be contesting election against my own guru,but politics is politics. Though it feels odd,but we are face to face vying for the same seat. I don’t have any competition with her at personal level and I met Joshi before her candidature was announced,” he told reporters.

Scion of Nehru-Gandhi family and BJP nominee from Pilibhit Varun Gandhi too is facing a tough situation,as he is pitched against his uncle V M Singh,who is trying his luck on the Congress ticket.

Singh,who is contesting from Pilibhit for the second time is cousin of Varun’s mother and MP from Pilibhit Maneka Gandhi. In 2004 general election,Singh contested against Maneka,but lost.

The most piquant situation is being faced by Apna Dal’s national president Sone Lal Patel who is facing a challenge from his own party colleague and general secretary Pradeep Srivastava.

Interestingly,while Srivastava is contesting election as an official nominee of Apna Dal,a regional party,Patel is in fray as an independent candidate from Phoolpur parliamentary constituency.

Initially,Srivastava’s candidature was announced by Patel himself.

Trouble started when Patel asked Srivastava to withdraw his candidature as he himself planned to contest the election from the same seat. When Srivastava refused to step down Patel too announced to contest election against his own general secretary.

But as Srivastava had already filed his nomination papers by that time,he was announced as the official candidate of Apna Dal,whereas Patel,who filed his papers later,was taken as an independent.

“Patel is no longer the national president and he had been expelled from the party. Now I am the officiating president and the party candidate from Phoolpur,” said Srivastava and claimed that he was getting support of Patel community,which is the base vote bank of the party.

On the other hand,Patel says that he is still the party president.

Rani Pal,mother of slain BSP MLA Raju Pal,has entered the electoral fray only to avenge the murder of her son. She had filed her nomination from Pratapgarh constituency against heavyweight and Apna Dal candidate Atiq Ahmad,who is an accused in Raju Pal’s murder and is currently lodged in Lalitpur jail.

Rani’s determination to ensure Atiq’s defeat could be gauged from the fact that she quit her job as health supervisor,as being a government employee she was not allowed to contest the elections.

Raju Pal was shot dead in Dhumanganj area of Allahabad city on January 25,2005. The murder was said to be an outcome of political rivalry as Raju Pal defeated Atiq’s brother Ashraf Ahmad in assembly elections.

Atiq was arrested by Delhi police on March 31,2008 from Pitampura area. “My aim is not only to ensure that Atiq is defeated,but also to tell people that he is a criminal,” she had said in a meeting in Pratapgarh.

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