As Domariyaganj votes on May 12, the fight here seems to be largely between the Modi factor and the politics of the SP-BSP alliance. Locals appear confident that the Muslim-Dalit-Yadav voters will vote in favour of Aftab Alam.
Among around 19 lakh voters in Sant Kabir Nagar Lok Sabha, nearly 4.5 lakh are Muslims. The second largest community here is of Nishads, who are around 2.2 lakh in number, followed by two lakh Brahmins, Yadavs and Dalits each.
When Mayawati was the chief minister, in 2002, Raja Bhaiya, who was then MLA of Kunda, was sent to jail under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. He was arrested along with his father Uday Pratap Singh and cousin Akshay Pratap Singh on the charges of kidnapping and issuing threats.
Attacking the government’s economic policies, and referring to the Congress promise of ensuring basic minimum income for the poor, Priyanka referred to a popular 2014 campaign line on black money by Modi.
The Manch’s national chief general secretary, Mahesh Chandra Prajapati, who also claims to be the Allahabad district president of the SBSP, said the manch would contest from all 80 Lok Sabha seats and a list of the remaining candidates would be announced soon.