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Manoj Sinha’s work helps him take on seasoned neta Afzal

All the railway stations and railway crossings falling in Ghazipur district have got a new look. Besides, a new zonal training institute and rail washing pit have come up in Ghazipur city.

, ET Bureau|
May 17, 2019, 07.31 AM IST
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Besides, his main opponent Ansari, an old player in Ghazipur politics, has a personal rapport with locals across the caste spectrum in the constituency.
Ghazipur: Union minister and sitting MP Manoj Sinha’s series of development works over the past five years may help the BJP counter the numerically stronger social combination of BSP-SP alliance in eastern Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur Lok Sabha seat.

The BSP, which got this seat in its share in the opposition alliance, has fielded former MP Afzal Ansari as its nominee against Sinha, who has not only given a modern look to Ghazipur city railway station but also introduced several trains to connect Ghazipur with major cities across the country.

Work is progressing on a road-cumrailway bridge on the Ganga near Ghazipur, which used to be a byword for official apathy and underdevelopment, as part of a project relating to broad gauge line from Mau to Tarighat. The project aims to provide an alternative and convenient route between New Delhi and Howrah.

All the railway stations and railway crossings falling in Ghazipur district have got a new look. Besides, a new zonal training institute and rail washing pit have come up in Ghazipur city.

A leaflet containing 75 development works done by Sinha in Ghazipur is being distributed among voters by the BJP.

“He deserves my vote. He has a vision for development of this district and he has done so many development works,” Abhimanyu Singh, a native of Khalispur village, told ET at Ghazipur city railway station.

Fittingly, he said, Sinha was recently given a warm welcome in his village by people of all castes.

However, Sinha can scarcely rest easy given the major role of caste factor in previous elections in this district.

In 2014, he won by a small margin, although the SP and BSP had contested the election separately.

Besides, his main opponent Ansari, an old player in Ghazipur politics, has a personal rapport with locals across the caste spectrum in the constituency.

“He has been active in politics of this district for a long time. He enjoys personal relations at the ground level in almost every part of this seat,” said Vijay Prasad, a local resident.

Ghazipur accommodates five assembly seats – Sadar, Jangipur, Zamania, Saipur and Jakhania.

A BJP leader told ET on condition of anonymity that about six months ago the party held sammelans (conventions) of different most backward castes (MBCs) at district level where Sinha was present.

Another source of trouble for Sinha is the presence of Congress-supported Jan Adhikar Party’s candidate Ajit Kushwaha. The BJP has deployed Saroj Kushwaha, who has experience in organisational work, in this constituency to counter the efforts of Jan Adhikar Party. Since Jangipur assembly seat has a high population of Yadav voters, it is among the focus areas for the BJP. “Our feedback is that Yadav voters are unhappy with the BSP-SP alliance’s decision to select Afzal Ansari as its candidate. The BJP is approaching such voters with the agenda of development,” said another BJP leader said. He said that BJP’s local leaders from Yadav community, including Harendra Yadav and Vijay Yadav, are active in Jangipur area.
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