Lucknow, Jun 14: Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav, in a major announcement, on Thursday said that he will be contesting the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 from Kannauj, which is represented by his wife Dimple Yadav. On the other hand, his father Mulayam Singh Yadav will contest from Mainpuri. The decision comes after the Opposition charged the party with ‘pariwarwad’ (nepotism).Also Read - West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee Meets PM Modi, Discusses Covid Situation, Vaccines During Talks

Addressing the Samajwadi Party workers at the party headquarters in Lucknow today, he said. “I will contest from Kannauj while netaji (Mulayam) will contest from Mainpuri.” Also Read - Basavaraj S Bommai Elected as Next Karnataka CM; to Take Oath Tomorrow at 11 AM | Highlights

Replying to a question over alliance and seat-sharing, Akhilesh said, “With whosoever our alliance will take place, the party workers will ensure our victory and defeat of the BJP. This time, they will not get support of the people as they stand exposed. They only paid lip service to the people and did nothing on ground.” Also Read - BJP Likely to Announce Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa's Successor in 2 Days

BJP Loses Phulpur, Gorakhpur Lok Sabha Seats

In a stunning blow to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the 2019 general elections, the party in March lost Lok Sabha bypolls to its bastion Gorakhpur and Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh. Samajwadi Party’s Pravin Nishad defeated BJP’s Upendra Dutt Shukla by 21,961 votes in Gorakhpur, while Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel of SP clinched the Phulpur seat drubbing the saffron party’s Kaushalendra Singh Patel by 59,460 votes.

Buffeted by the surprise defeat, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath attributed it to “overconfidence” of the party. “We failed to understand the implications of this alliance between Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party that are as different as chalk and cheese in the middle of the elections as part of bargain for the Rajya Sabha elections,” he said.

Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi described the results as a reflection of public anger against the BJP. “Congratulations to the winners of today’s by-elections. It is clear from the results that voters have a lot of anger towards the BJP and will vote for any non-BJP candidate who has more chances of winning. The Congress is keen on rebuilding the party in Uttar Pradesh, but that will not happen overnight,” he had tweeted.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, on the other hand, termed the victory as one of “social justice” and profusely thanked the BJP for it.

The BJP had scored a thumping victory in Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, and together with ally Apna Dal, won 73 of the states 80 seats.