After many modifications Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has revealed the first list of 191 Samajwadi Party candidates for the upcoming UP Elections. Interestingly, his uncle Shivpal Yadav and controversial UP Minister Azam Khan has found a place in the first list of Akhilesh Yadav Candidates.
The ruling party’s first list of candidates covers the first three phases of UP Assembly elections starting on February 11. However, Shivpal Yadav will contest from Jaswantnagar constituency and Mafia-turned politician Atiq Ahmad doesn’t get ticket.
The Samajwadi Party has said that it will fight 3oo of UP’s 403 Seats, with the balance being allotted to the congress.
Akilesh Yadav new list corrects an earlier list of candidates that his father Mulayam Singh Yadav released last month, which left out many close aides of Chief Minister Akhilesh. Senior Minister and controversial candidate Azam Khan who played as a mediator between father and son in their power struggle in the last few weeks, will now again got the seat and ready to give tough fight from his area Rampur. Interestingly his son Abdullah Azam will contest from Swaar.
The main highlight of the Akhilesh Yadav first list of candidates is addition of names of several of his loyalists who were left out in an earlier list that his father Mulayam Singh Yadav had released in a previous month.
However, the insertion of Shivpal in the new list indicates that both father and Son again reunite with each other. In the recent first list of 191 candidates, 52 are Muslims and 18 women.
As we know, last month Akhilesh Yadav released his own candidates list after Mulayam Singh didn’t take many of his key persons. Later Election commission recognized Akhilesh as Samajwadi President and allocating Bicycle as Party’s symbol. Mulayam has handed over his 38 candiates to his son that he wanted the party to field.
Moreover, Shivpal Yadav Son, Aditya didn’t get ticket and Mulayam supporters RaghurajShakya and Sukh Devi Verma have been dropped.
The Samajwadi party (SP) is likely to contest the election independently if the Congress party doesn’t announce the candidates list today.