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Assessing Devendra Singh’s performance as Akbarpur’s MP

A ground-level survey of the Akbarpur parliamentary constituency was conducted by India News to analyse the performance of Devendra Singh, the Member of Parliament from Akbarpur, and to gather voters’ feedback about him. Devendra Singh, also known as Bhole Singh, is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and emerged victorious in the 2014 […]

A ground-level survey of the Akbarpur parliamentary constituency was conducted by India News to analyse the performance of Devendra Singh, the Member of Parliament from Akbarpur, and to gather voters’ feedback about him.

Devendra Singh, also known as Bhole Singh, is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and emerged victorious in the 2014 and 2019 general elections from the Akbarpur parliamentary constituency in Kanpur. Traditionally a stronghold of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the dynamics of the Akbarpur Lok Sabha seat have witnessed a shift with Devendra Singh’s consecutive wins.


Becoming the Chairman of Cooperative Societies in 1982 marked the beginning of Devendra Singh’s political journey. Steadily climbing the political ladder, he won the 1991 state assembly election from the Derapur Vidhan Sabha constituency. In 2014, the BJP fielded him for the Akbarpur Lok Sabha seat, securing his first win in parliamentary elections. Reaffirming the party’s confidence, he triumphed again in 2019.

Historically recognized as a Congress stronghold, the Akbarpur Lok Sabha seat has evolved to include other parties over the years. With approximately 18 lakh voters, the constituency is grappling with developmental challenges and backwardness. Despite the significance of development as an issue, high-profile MPs have struggled to make a substantial impact.
Caste dynamics play a crucial role in elections, with a significant number of Scheduled Caste (Dalit) and Scheduled Tribe (Savarn) voters. The BSP traditionally held a strong influence among Dalit voters, but the BJP has made notable inroads into the Dalit vote bank in recent years.

The constituency faces pressing issues, including unemployment and a water crisis, yet a clear roadmap for development remains elusive. Rural areas continue to experience deterioration despite claims of development by winning MPs.
As the 2024 general elections approach, public scrutiny of Devendra Singh’s performance is anticipated. Accurate surveys conducted by India News aim to assess the MPs’ performance and present the opinions of the public before the nation. The electoral landscape of Akbarpur holds special significance as voters weigh their choices and expectations for the future.

It remains to be seen how BJP MP Devendra Singh’s report card stands for the Akbarpur constituency – whether it is a pass or fail. However, let’s first examine the performance of the MP in the Parliament.
In Parliament, Devendra Singh, the Member of Parliament representing Akbarpur, has demonstrated commendable performance. He holds the top position with a score of 1, which corresponds to an impressive 62 percent rating. This rating is based on factors such as parliamentary attendance, the number of questions raised, utilization of MP funds, and special contributions. It indicates a strong and effective parliamentary presence.

During elections, what matters most is the real opinion of the people about their representatives, rather than just parliamentary performance. India News conducted a survey, asking several questions to the voters in the Akbarpur Lok Sabha constituency. The responses, collected after talking to thousands of people, reveal the public’s sentiments.
As mentioned before, India News gave 70 percent weightage to this survey, which translates to a score of 7 out of 10. Our questions were also evaluated on this 7-point scale. Let’s take a look at the results.

The people of Akbarpur Lok Sabha constituency have provided open and direct responses to six questions. The general sentiment is that the work of their Member of Parliament (MP), Devendra Singh, is considered average, with suggestions for more active local engagement. A majority expresses satisfaction and a willingness to re-elect the MP.
In the 2024 elections, there is a preference for the NDA, and the Modi government’s performance receives positive feedback. Satisfaction with Central Government schemes varies. The overall assessment of MP Devendra Singh, based on ground-level feedback, is around 3.99 out of 7, considering opinions on development, electoral preferences, and perceptions of the Modi government.

In the survey conducted by India News, questions were posed to the people of Akbarpur Lok Sabha, specifically focusing on evaluating the on-the-ground performance of their Member of Parliament (MP). The assessment of ground-level performance was rated on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest. The result of this evaluation indicates that MP Devendra Singh received a score of 1, equivalent to 0.70 on the scale. In simpler terms, the public is giving the MP a 70% approval rating for his performance at the ground level.
The social media survey indicates that the Member of Parliament (MP) from Akbarpur Lok Sabha is receiving a score of 1, which translates to 0.50 on the scale. This suggests an average rating, with around 50% of the public in the Akbarpur Lok Sabha constituency expressing favourable opinions about the MP on social media platforms.

In the comprehensive evaluation of Member of Parliament (MP) Devendra Singh, the surveys and assessments reveal a performance that can be characterized as somewhat below par. The parliamentary activities, gauged by factors such as attendance, questioning, fund utilization, and special contributions, garnered a score of 0.62, indicating a performance that falls short of being satisfactory. At the ground level, where the MP’s presence and impact were scrutinized, the score improved marginally to 0.70 but still reflects a less-than-ideal performance. Social media platforms echoed a mixed sentiment, with a score of 0.50, signifying an average rating.

Combining these scores, the MP received an overall rating of 5.81 out of 10 in the ground survey, implying performance better than average but still below the acceptable threshold of 60%. Public sentiment suggests that approximately 58% of the constituency considers the MP’s performance lacking and could be labelled as a ‘failure.’

The data collected from extensive interactions with thousands of individuals in the Akbarpur Lok Sabha constituency indicates that the current Member of Parliament, Devendra Singh, does not receive a clear mandate of approval or disapproval. The feedback is not satisfactory and could be considered as falling short of expectations, potentially qualifying as a less favourable rating. In light of this, the assessment leans towards a less favourable rating and could be considered as a failure.

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