Lucknow: Ghaziabad Lok Sabha constituency, which goes to poll on April 11, has an estimated 27 lakh voters. In the fray are BJP’s sitting MP Gen V K Singh, SP’s Suresh Bansal who recently migrated from the BSP and was nominated as the alliance candidate, and Dolly Sharma of the Congress.

The Ghaziabad constituency spreads up to part of Dhaulana in Hapur to Loni near the Delhi border. The BJP is aiming for a hattrick this year. In 2014, Singh had defeated Cong’s Raj Babbar. In 2009, current Home Minister Rajnath Singh had fought from this seat, defeating his closest rival from the Congress.

8 UP constituencies go to polls in phase 1.

Gautam Buddh Nagar: This seat will see 13 candidates battle it out on April 11, none of them a woman. The BJP has fielded Mahesh Sharma, who is also the sitting MP, to defend his seat from Congress candidate Arvind Kumar Singh and BSP’s Satveer. In 2014, Sharma had defeated his closest rival, the SP candidate, by about 2,80,000 votes.

Among others in the fray are Jagdeep Singh of the Loktantrik Janshakti Party, Jeetendra Singh of the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia), Dayaram of the Aap ki Apni Party, Raghuvendra Kumar of the Subhashvadi Bharatiya Samajwadi Party (Subhash Party), and Rampal of the Rashtriya Samaj Paksh.

AAP had fielded a woman candidate, Shweta Sharma. However, her nomination was rejected during scrutiny for technical reasons.

This cut short the AAP’s attempt at expanding its base to NCR cities. The party complained that Sharma’s nomination form was wrongly rejected. A daily quoted AAP’s district media incharge Sanjiv Nigam as saying, “Sharma’s nomination was cancelled wrongly. Our party had chosen Sharma as she could understand the issues of locals, especially women, better.”