A ground-level survey of the Azamgarh Parliamentary constituency was conducted by India News to analyse the performance of Dinesh Lal Yadav ‘Nirahua’, as a Member of Parliament from Azamgarh, and gather voters’ feedback about him.
Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat is considered a stronghold of former Chief Minister of UP and founder of the Samajwadi Party, Mulayam Singh Yadav. In the 2014 elections, Mulayam Singh Yadav defeated BJP’s strong candidate Rama Kant Yadav here.
Azamgarh, known as the stronghold of BSP and SP, has undergone political changes. Azam Khan established this city, which has been a hub for freedom fighters, sages, and scholars.
Currently, the famous Bhojpuri singer and BJP leader Dinesh Lal Yadav ‘Nirahua’ is the Member of Parliament from here. In 2008, Nirahua’s first film, ‘Nirahua Rickshawala,’ created a sensation at the Bhojpuri box office. Dinesh Lal Yadav ‘Nirahua’ is a prominent name in the Bhojpuri film industry. He also participated in Season 6 of Bigg Boss in 2012.
In 2019, Dinesh Lal Yadav ‘Nirahua’ joined the BJP and contested from the Azamgarh seat against SP President Akhilesh Yadav. However, he faced defeat. In the by-elections of 2022, he secured a significant victory in Azamgarh, making a mark in SP’s stronghold.
In 2017, Akhilesh Yadav, the President of the Samajwadi Party, was elected as a Member of Parliament from Azamgarh. After that, in the 2022 Assembly elections, he won from the Karhal constituency, resigning from the Azamgarh MP post to become an MLA. Subsequently, he took on the responsibility of the opposition leader in UP.
The Azamgarh seat remained vacant, and Akhilesh Yadav fielded his cousin Dharmendra Yadav, but he faced defeat. The SP had to face a severe setback in its stronghold. Bhojpuri superstar Nirahua had won this seat with a massive margin.
Azamgarh Lok Sabha constituency is trapped in the maze of development versus caste politics. MPs from the Samajwadi Party and BSP have been consistently elected from here. However, instead of development, the focus in this region is often on year-long debates on caste and community.
Even political parties are aware that in Azamgarh, votes are not influenced much by development but by showing caste cards. This has led to manipulation in the name of development in all the assembly elections here. However, in recent years, the pace of development has been observed in the region.
After receiving approval from the centre, several development projects have started showing results in the area. Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat has more than 19 lakh voters. The dominance of the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party is evident in the Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat. Voters here are not significantly influenced by any wave.
The most significant equation for victory in the region has been the Yadav-Muslim and Dalit-Muslim combinations. Additionally, a substantial number of Scheduled Caste voters are present in the area. In Azamgarh, where voting is often along party lines rather than development, the people-wearing problems have been troubling for many years.
Several issues in this Lok Sabha constituency require strict attention. The 2024 general elections are crucial for the Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat. Before the elections, the public will undoubtedly assess the work of their MP. India News is also conducting an accurate survey to evaluate the performance of the Member of Parliament, and the public’s opinion is being presented before the nation.
Parliamentary Performance Evaluation based on the presence in Parliament, the number of questions asked, utilization of MP funds, and special contributions shows that Dinesh Lal Yadav’s presence in Parliament is around 89%.
However, only 38% of the questions raised are directed towards the development of the constituency and the country, which is relatively low. In terms of MP fund utilization, approximately 79% of the allocated funds have been spent, and the special contribution in parliamentary activities is around 60%.
Considering these factors, MP Dinesh Lal Yadav scores 0.67 on the evaluation scale, which is above average and considered better.
The responses from the ground-level survey in Azamgarh Lok Sabha reveal that people mostly believe that the MP’s work is average in the constituency.
While the focus of the MP on development in the area was higher previously, it is perceived to have decreased. The public neither seems upset nor overly pleased with the MP’s work. They express the desire to see more active involvement from their MP in the constituency.
Regarding voting, people in Azamgarh prefer the BJP and appreciate the work of the Modi government. The constituency’s public rates MP Dinesh Lal Yadav at 7, giving him a score of 3.99, which is considered above average but not excellent.
In the India News survey, the public responses indicate that Azamgarh Lok Sabha residents give the MP a score of 0.55 in ground-level performance, which is slightly below average. However, in social media surveys, MP Dinesh Lal Yadav receives a score of 0.70, indicating that around 70% of the respondents have a favourable opinion about him on social media.
In summary, the overall evaluation of MP Dinesh Lal Yadav, considering parw liamentary performance, ground-level survey, and social media responses, places him at 5.91 on a scale of 10. This is better than average but less than 60%, leading to a ‘FIFTY-FIFTY’ rating from the Azamgarh Lok Sabha public.