Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has demanded that the Election Commission should conduct a re-polling in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur Assembly constituency after his party candidate lost the bypolls.
Rampur by polls in Uttar Pradesh took a hostile turn on the polling day, as it is alleged, that the police administration is causing mayhem, beating up and harassing Muslim voters to stop them from casting their votes.
In a setback to the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday emerged victorious in both Azamgarh and Rampur seats in the by-elections to the UP Lok Sabha constituencies.
In a setback for the Samajwadi, BJP candidate Ghanshyam Singh Lodhi won the Rampur Lok Sabha by-elections by defeating SP nominee Asim Raja by a margin of over 42,000 votes.
Mohammad Ali Jauhar University on the outskirts of Rampur town seems to have become a victim of political vendetta, with the state government having acquired 173 acres of the university land, out of a total of 350 acres, and registered it as government land in state revenue records. However, the matter is pending in the Allahabad High Court.
As night fell in Rampur, an old Mughal city in Uttar Pradesh, news about killing spree in neighbouring cities had spread. Despite uncertainties and tensions, hundreds gathered in Rampur the next morning with courage. Fate had no mercy, the only Muslim majority district in the state felt the warth of opposing India's new citizenship amendment law.