India has seen 16 Lok Sabha elections till date but Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Mainpuri constituency of Uttar Pradesh is one of the few constituencies in the state where Jansangh of BJP have never scored a victory.
Even during the Modi wave of 2014, the BJP candidate failed to have an impact despite the best efforts by the BJP to tear into the Samajwadi Party’s bastion.
If we look at the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat, Jagdish Singh, the first Jansangh candidate to contest from this seat in 1967 had received 46,627 votes and stood third in the contest.
After that, in 1971, 1977, 1980, 1984 and 1989, no Jansangh or BJP candidate contested the elections from Mainpuri.
In 1991, Ram Naresh Agnihotri of BJP tested his luck from Mainpuri but stood second, after getting 1.14 lakh votes. In 1996, Updesh Singh Chauhan of the BJP contested against Mulayam Singh Yadav and got 2.21 lakh votes but still could not beat Mulayam and stood second in the elections.
1998 saw the most interesting contest in which 53 candidates were in the fielded in Mainpuri and BJP’s Ashok Yadav was contesting the elections against Samajwadi Party’s Balram Singh Yadav. Ashok Yadav lost the election.
In 2004, Balram Singh Yadav joined the BJP and contested the election against Mulayam Singh Yadav. As had been the practice on this seat, Balram Singh Yadav lost the elections and Mulayam gained 3.37 lakh votes.
In 2009, Mulayam again contested from this seat and defeated the BJP candidate. Even in 2014, when the entire country was overtaken by the Modi wave, the BJP candidate lost this seat. This time too, Mulayam Singh Yadav is contesting the elections from this seat while the BJP and Congress will also be sending their candidates in the foray, ensuring a triangular fight, although a different outcome from this seat is hardly expected and the BJP candidate could again lose miserably when facing a local stalwart like Mulayam Singh Yadav.