Know constituencies of UP Assembly polls 2017: BEHAT (GEN)

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Uttar Pradesh will go to Assembly elections early in 2017. The state has an Assembly comprising 403 seats and a party/alliance has to win 202 seats to form the government. In 2012 when election was held for the last time in UP, the Samajwadi Party had won 224 seats to get a decisive majority.

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We, at Oneindia, will take one Assembly constituency a day and have a look at electoral information related to it:

Know UP Assembly constituencies: BEHAT

Constituency Name: Behat [includes Behat tehsil]

  • Constituency No. 1
  • District: Saharanpur (Saharanpur Lok Sabha constituency)
  • Area of district: 3,689 square kilometres (rural 3,582 sq km)
  • District population: 34,66,382 (78% general caste; 22% SC; 0% ST)
  • District literacy: 60%
  • District urbanisation: 30%

2012 Assembly election result in Behat

  • Winner: Mahaveer Singh Rana (Bahujan Samaj Party)
  • Votes received: 70,274
  • Vote percentage: 31.8
  • Nearest rival: Naresh (Congress)
  • Votes: 69,760
  • Percentage: 31.5
  • Difference: 514 votes
  • Margin %: 0.3
  • Total voters in 2012: 3,03,273
  • Turnout: 72.91%
  • Party which has won Behat most number of times: Congress (6 times since 1962)
  • BSP won it 2 times; Samajwadi Party never.

2014 LS election result in Saharanpur

2014 Lok Sabha result in Saharanpur: Raghav Lakhanpal (BJP) defeated Imran Masood (Congress) by 65,090 votes (margin% - 5.45)

Other information on Behat:

Behat is famous for production of fruits like mangoes and guavas, moorhas (reed stools), brass bells, and wrought-iron handicrafts. It is situated on the northern tip of Uttar Pradesh. Saharanpur is famous for exporting handicraft and woodcraft of which moorhas come from Behat. However, because of the middleman problem, the local cratsmen do not gain much.

Major issues of the constituency:

  • Lack of development in infrastructure
  • Lack of higher education centres
  • Shortage of facilities for traders of fruits and furniture business.
  • Electricity crisis is a major problem in Saharanpur
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