BJP's Lallu Singh, who was winning the seat since 1991 state elections, lost to a young student leader Tej Narain Pandey of Samajwadi Party with a margin of about 5,700 votes. Singh had won in 2007 with a margin of about 6,500.
When the counting started, Lallu took a lead in urban and posh areas of Faizabad and Ayodhya, but his lead decreased continuously as the counting went through Muslim dominated areas and villages.
After declaring Pandey as a candidate from Ayodhya seat, SP state president Akhilesh Yadav visited the area sevaral times and established a direct contact with the voters. Reacting over his victory, Pandey said, "Now a common man does not believe in false politics of temple, everybody wants development and a good governance."