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Akhilesh Yadav to Contest Lok Sabha Polls from Kannauj, Mulayam Singh Yadav set for Mainpuri

Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said that he will contest the Lok Sabha Polls from Kannauj Parliamentary Seat while his father Mulayam Singh Yadav will contest the Polls from Manipuri Lok Sabha Seats.

“Netaji [Mulayam Singh Yadav] will contest the Lok Sabha election from Mainpuri. The Parliament member from Mainpuri, Tej Pratap Yadav, is a hardworking politician and will be adjusted somewhere,” Akhilesh said in Saifai.

Currently, Kannauj Lok Sabha seat is represented by Dimple Yadav, wife of Akhilesh Yadav. The announcement came days after Mulayam Singh Yadav questioned the delay in announcing Samajwadi Party Candidates in Uttar Pradesh where the party has stitched an alliance with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav showed his displeasure over the alliance forged by his son and party president Akhilesh Singh Yadav with the Bahujan Samaj Party. Addressing party workers at the SP headquarters, Mulayam Singh Yadav made clear that he was unhappy with Mayawati’s BSP being given “half” of the seats in the alliance for Uttar Pradesh ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

Mulayam Singh also complained about party settling for lesser seats in BSP-SP tie-up.

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Their relations between Son and Father have been frosty since Akhilesh took the SP’s control in 2017 when Mulayam refused to campaign for the party in the assembly polls 2017. Mulayam Singh Yadav has also skipped most party events, including the one where his son was re-elected as party chief in 2018.

Akhilesh Yadav had represented the seat three times from 2000 to 2012. Thereafter his wife Dimple was elected as the MP. Kannauj has the distinction of electing socialist ideologue Ram Manohar Lohia in 1967 and Mulayam Singh Yadav in 1999 Lok Sabha polls.

Both Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party had on February 21 finalized the seat sharing arrangement for Lok Sabha Polls 2019. While Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) will fight on 38 seats, Akhilesh’s Samajwadi Party is set to contest on 37 seats in the crucial polls. The SP-BSP Alliance will not field its candidates from Congress Bastions – Amethi and Rae Bareli.

The 37 seats in the SP quota include Kairana, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Mainpuri, Firozabad, Badaun, Bareilly, Lucknow, Etawah, Kanpur, Kannauj, Jhansi, Banda, Allahabad, Kaushambi, Phulpur, Faizabad, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Azamgarh, Varanasi, and Mirzapur.

The BSP will contest from Saharanpur, Bijnor, Nagina, Aligarh, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Dhaurahara, Sitapur, Sultanpur, Pratapgarh, Kaiserganj, Basti, Salempur, Jaunpur, Bhadohi and Deoria, among other constituencies.

Both the parties have also forged an alliance in Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh and have decided to go together in Lok Sabha Polls 2019.

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