New Delhi: Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Azamgarh, the parliamentary constituency of his father and SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.
This comes days after the Samajwadi Party released its first list of six candidates for the elections that included Mulayam Singh Yadav- who is slated to contest the polls from Mainpuri. The SP patriarch has represented Mainpuri three times earlier- in 1996, 2004 and 2009. In 2014, Mulayam Singh Yadav contested from two constituencies- Azamgarh and Mainpuri and won both.
While his winning margin in Azamgarh was around 63,000, it was a mammoth 3.64 lakh in Mainpuri, which is also known as his ‘safe bet’ in elections.
A Times of India report had earlier quoted a senior SP leader, “It is true that initially Akhilesh Yadav had planned to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Kannauj, but Azamgarh is equally likely because his father and party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav is the sitting MP from the seat and the party enjoys considerable support there. Azamgarh is a Muslim-Dalit dominated seat, which is a winning combination in light of the SP-BSP alliance.”
On the other hand, Akhilesh’s wife Dimple Yadav will also fight the election from Kannauj. SP will also field Yadav clan members like, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s nephew Dharmendra Yadav from Badaun and his brother and senior SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav’s son Akshay Yadav from Firozabad.
Uttar Pradesh is electorally a heavyweight state in General elections as it sends 80 lawmakers to the Lok Sabha.