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Akhilesh Yadav to contest from Kannauj

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LUCKNOW, April 24: Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav will contest the Lok Sabha elections from Kannauj, the party announced on Wednesday, two days after it had declared another candidate for the Uttar Pradesh seat.
The party said Akhilesh Yadav will now file his papers on Thursday, when nominations begin.
“National president Akhilesh Yadav will file his nomination papers from the Kannauj Lok Sabha seat at 12 pm tomorrow as Samajwadi Party candidate,” the party posted in Hindi on X in the evening.
On Monday, the SP had declared his nephew Tej Pratap Yadav as its candidate from the Kannauj parliamentary seat.
Earlier in the day, when reporters asked Akhilesh about his plans, he said, “It will be clear before the nominations.” “Maybe you will get to know before nominations,” he said, answering further questions.
When asked whether party workers in Kannauj wanted him to contest from the seat, Yadav said, “The question here is of historic victory from the seat. The BJP will become history in this election as people have made up their mind for INDIA bloc. People are going to vote against the NDA.
“PDA will defeat the NDA this time,” he said. PDA stands for picchde (backwards), Dalits and alpsankhyak (minorities). Tej Pratap was the SP MP from Mainpuri between 2014-2019. He is also the son-in-law of RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav.
Akhilesh had won the Kannauj parliamentary seat first in 2000 and later represented it in 2004 and 2009. He vacated the seat after he became the Uttar Pradesh chief minister in 2012, and his wife Dimple Yadav won the by-election unopposed.
Dimple also won in 2014 but lost the seat to BJP’s Subrat Pathak in 2019. (PTI)

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