Lucknow, January 23: Preparations have already begun for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and now Samajwadi Party chief and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav will launch his party’s campaign with a public meeting in Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.

It will be Akhilesh’s first public engagemet after the Bharatiya Janata Party ousted the SP with a stupendous show in the country’s politically important state in March 2017.

“With this, Akhilesh will launch his 2019 campaign,” a party leader said, the Hindustan Times reported.

Akhilesh has made it clear that he would like to contest 2019 general elections from Kannauj constituency, presently held by his wife Dimple Yadav. “I will like to contest from Kannauj,” he said.

Akhilesh added that ‘netaji’ Mulayam Singh Yadav will contest the polls from Mainpuri.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Mulayam had contested from Azamgarh and Mainpuri and won both, but chose to retain Azamgarh to strengthen the party in eastern Uttar Pradesh. He vacated Mainpuri, which was then won in a by-poll by his grandson, Tej Pratap Yadav.

Dimple had beaten the BJP candidate from the Kannauj seat in 2014 by just 20,000 votes.

Akhilesh has represented Kannauj thrice in the Lok Sabha before relinquishing the seat after becoming chief minister in 2012.

With inputs from PTI