Friday, June 14, 2024

Last won by Amitabh Bachchan in 1984, Congress recaptures Allahabad after 40 years

After a long gap of 40 years, Indian National Congress (INC) made a major comeback in Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad.

Congress candidate Ujjawal Raman Singh has won the seat by defeating Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Neeraj Tripathi by more than 50,000 votes.

Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan, had last bagged this seat for Congress in 1984.

With 68.2% of the votes in his favour, Bachchan defeated  H. N. Bahuguna, former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh by one of the highest margins ever in Indian elections.

BJP has been ruling the Allahabad Lok Sabha constituency for the last two Lok Sabha terms.  

However, It is important to note that Singh who is now in INC has strong ties with the Samajwadi party since the party’s inception. 

As per the reports, Singh joined INC on April 2, 2024, because the seat-sharing agreement between SP and Congress permits only a Congress candidate to contest on the Allahabad seat.

He is a two-term elected member of the UP legislative Assembly from 2004 to 2007 and from 2013 to 2017 representing the Karchana seat of UP on SP’s ticket.

Ujjawal Raman Singh, a former cabinet Minister, is the son of senior SP leader Rewati Raman Singh, who has played a major role in the establishment of SP with Mulayam Singh Yadav, Azam Khan and other prominent leaders. 

The Allahabad constituency holds political significance, because of its history of being represented by great political figures such as former Prime Ministers Lal Bahadur Shastri and V.P. Singh, the erstwhile Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna, former Union Minister Janeshwar Mishra, former Union Minister of Human Resource and Development Murali Manohar Joshi, and Rita Bahuguna Joshi, a former minister in the state government and the daughter of H.N. Bahuguna.

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