The Lok Sabha by-elections in Azamgarh and Rampur are like a litmus test for the ruling BJP and Samajwadi Party before the 2024 elections. This is the reason that both the parties have put their full strength to win these seats. Political parties have also completed preparations to field their star campaigners.
Before Loksabha Election 2024, BJP is trying hard to feed lotus in Azamgarh because recently when assembly elections were held, 10 seats out of 10 in Azamgarh went to Samajwadi Party's account and BJP had to face defeat in Azamgarh. Then something similar happened in the MLC election as well. That is why now that the Lok Sabha by-election is being held, the BJP has prepared a special strategy for this election.
Rampur is considered to be Azam Khan's stronghold while Azamgarh has been occupied by Mulayam family. Now posters of BJP candidates have been put up in both these areas and BJP is in the process of 'feeding lotus' in both these seats.
At the same time, the SP does not want to let it get out of its hands under any circumstances. That is why the Samajwadi Party has played the 'Yadav' card in Azamgarh and the Muslim bet in Rampur. Akhilesh Yadav wants to maintain his supremacy in both the parliamentary seats, so he has played the Yadav-Muslim equation.
Congress is not contesting these two parliamentary seats. And BSP Chief Mayawati has already given a walkover to Azam Khan by announcing not to field her candidate in Rampur seat. BSP has fielded Shah Alam alias Guddu Jamali in the electoral fray of Azamgarh.
BJP has exposed its intention to break into Azam Khan's camp by fielding Ghanshyam Lodhi, who was close to Azam. Now the Samajwadi Party has a challenge to save both its seats. Along with this, BJP has declared a candidate for the Yadav vote bank by fielding Bhojpuri star Dinesh Lal Yadav 'Nirahua' from Azamgarh. In the 2019 Loksabha Elections also, Dinesh Lal Yadav contested against Akhilesh Yadav. This seat is considered the traditional seat of the Samajwadi Party. From Mulayam Singh Yadav to Akhilesh Yadav, there have been MPs from this seat. Samajwadi Party does not want to lose this seat at any cost.