by Riya Shree: In the first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, Samajwadi Party announced, on Friday, that the party founder, Mulayam Singh Yadav will contest again from Mainpuri. The veteran politician is the current MP from Azamgarh and has represented the Mainpuri constituency three times in the past. This constituency has been called the ‘safest’ seat for the party as he represented SP in the year 1996, 2004, and 2009. In 2014, he fought from Azamgarh as well as Mainpuri but decided to stick to the former option.
The Party president, Akhilesh Yadav also announced that Dharmendra Yadav will contest from Badaun, Akshay Yadav from Firozabad, Kamlesh Katheria from Etawah, Bhailal Kol from Robertsganj and Shabbir Valmiki from Bahraich. On the occasion of Women`s day, Junior Yadav also announced the names of three women candidates including his wife Dimple Yadav who will contest from Kannauj. According to the sources, it is expected that Akhilesh Yadav will contest from Azamgarh. But there has been no confirmation yet. The list was announced a day after Congress released its fresh list of candidates. Reacting to Friday’s announcement by the SP, BJP spokesperson Chandramohan said: “The list makes it clear that Samajwadi Party is the party of a family. Looks like they won’t be able to contest much beyond these few family seats. They could have given a new face to Mainpuri”.
Post-withdrawal of Mulayam Yadav`s brother, Shivpal Yadav from the SP party in 2017, he has not been able to set up a mark with his very own Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) as strong as his brother`s party. In past interviews and press conferences, he has been indicating about fielding Mulayam from Mainpuri as a candidate of his party.