Sultanpur: A Babri Masjid demolition case accused, fighting on a BSP ticket, will take on BJP's Varun Gandhi in this Lok Sabha constituency as the saffron party is looking at wresting it after a long gap of 16 years.
Gandhi, BSP's Brahmin leader Pawan Pandey and 12 others are up against ‘Raani sahiba' Amita Singh who is fighting her first parliamentary election on Congress ticket after her husband and sitting MP Sanjay Singh, known as ‘Raja sahib', was nominated to Rajya Sabha by the party a few months ago.
Pandey has more than 30 cases, including serious charges of murder and rioting against him.
While Congress had won from this seat seven times from 1951-1984, BJP won it thrice between 1991 and 1998. Mayawati's BSP secured the seat twice in 1999 and 2004. In 2009, Singh defeated BSP's Mohammed Tahir by 98,779 votes.
Political circles are abuzz with talk of “lotus bloom” after Gandhi's advent here from Pilibhit, where he last time won by a whopping margin of 2.8 lakh votes.