The 38-year-old, alongside along with his supporters, had actively participated within the agitation in opposition to agricultural legal guidelines on Delhi’s borders, and campaigned in opposition to the BJP in final 12 months’s panchayat elections.
Pandey, a Brahmin, is understood for organizing large protests in opposition to the administration over farmers’ points, and the Congress is relying on this well-liked farmer chief as he has not received the Kasganj seat since 1989.
As quickly because the information of getting the Congress ticket was acquired, farmers from all around the district thronged his residence in Soron in massive numbers.
Talking to TOI, Pandey mentioned, “There isn’t any village or colony in Kasganj constituency the place I don’t have supporters. I’m grateful to Congress Basic Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for giving me the ticket. I’ve began door-to-door marketing campaign. Farmer leaders from Haryana and Punjab have additionally assured me of full help, and can marketing campaign for me.
“My group has an energetic cadre base in western UP and Uttarakhand. Our mission is to uproot the BJP in each the states because the social gathering has tried to rob the farmers’ dignity. We are going to avenge the ‘deaths of over 700 farmers’ through the Centre’s protest in opposition to three agricultural legal guidelines.”
The Kasganj meeting constituency has by no means been a celebration stronghold. In 2007, Hasrat Ullah Sherwani of BSP received however misplaced to Manpal Singh of SP in 2012. In 2017, Manpal Singh was defeated by BJP’s Devendra Singh Rajput by a margin of over 49,000 votes. Former Uttar Pradesh CM Kalyan Singh received the 1993 election from Kasganj seat.
This time BJP has fielded sitting MLA Devendra Singh Rajput, SP has fielded former MLA Manpal Singh and BSP has fielded social gathering employee Prabhudayal Verma. All three candidates are from the Lodhi neighborhood – an influential caste that contains 25% of the entire 3.63 lakh registered voters.
In accordance with sources, the Congress has fielded a Brahmin out of the three Lodhi candidates, which has worsened the caste equation within the seat.
“Being a farmer chief and an area, Kuldeep Pandey has help throughout all castes and communities within the space. He’ll give robust competitors to different candidates,” mentioned a senior lawyer primarily based in Kasganj.