The Congress received a major boost to their confidence on Monday night, brightening its chances in the North East parliamentary constituency, when SP'>BSP candidate Haji Dilshad Ali announced his support for the party (congress).
Dilshad, who had lost the last assembly election from Babarpur seat by a narrow margin, was seen as a major spoiler for the Congress in North East. According to estimates, Muslims and Dalits have over 8 lakh votes in this constituency. By fielding a Muslim candidate the SP'>BSP was hopeful of scoring well from here. On the other hand, there had been strong indication of over 1.8 lakh Brahmin votes and large chunk of Vaisya votes could have polarised for BJP candidate B L Sharma.