Akhilesh Yadav to contest Lok Sabha poll from Kannauj, Mulayam takes Mainpuri

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On Monday, the Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said that he would like to contest next year’s Lok Sabha election from Kannauj constituency, which is currently held by his wife Dimple Yadav. “I will like to contest from Kannauj,” Yadav told reporters in Lucknow following paying tributes to veteran socialist leader Janeshwar Mishra on his death anniversary.

Akhilesh Yadav also said ‘netaji’ Mulayam Singh Yadav will fight election from the Mainpuri while replying to a question. The 78-year-old SP headman, in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, had fought from Azamgarh and Mainpuri and won both, but decided to retain Azamgarh to make stronger the party in eastern Uttar Pradesh. As per the SP insiders claim, the decision of the party chief to contest the next general elections from Kannauj was focused on crushing allegations of encouraging “dynasty” in the politics. The Kannauj seat could become a crucial test for the SP in the current scenario as in last year’s assembly election, the party had lost two of the three seats in the LS constituency to the BJP while it won the Kannauj city seat by paltry 2,000 votes.

In recent civic polls, SP had lost all the three Nagar Palika chairman seats and all five Nagar panchayat chairman seats in Kannauj in the recent civic polls. While commenting on the current BJP regime in the state, Akhilesh Yadav claimed that Yogi government is “failing” in Uttar Pradesh on all fronts, especially the law and order situation. “The Yogi Adityanath government has failed on all the fronts. There is no law and order in the state. The incident of dacoity yesterday in Kakori, on outskirts of the state capital, has exposed the tall claims of the state government on the law and order front,” Yadav said. “Kakori, which was known for martyrs who laid down their lives for the sake of the country’s freedom, is now becoming infamous for dacoities,” he added.

Mentioning recent crime incidents in Kannauj and Mathura, Akhilesh Yadav blamed the police for causing atrocities on people and said that under such conditions only Samajwadi (socialist) ideology can fight for the people. “The BJP divides the society while Samajwadis unite people,” Yadav said.

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