The ruling Samajwadi Party has released its list of 191 candidates which also includes Shivpal Yadav. The list of candidates covers the first three phases of the UP elections which will be held in seven phases.
The list is the modified version of the one that was released by Mulayam Singh Yadav. Several key aides of the Chief Minister were missing from the list.
Shivpal yadav, who was at the centre of feud between Mulayam Singh and Akhilesh Yadav, was also given the ticket from his sitting seat Jaswantnagar. However, his son, Aditya Yadav has been dropped out.
Senior Minister Azam khan’s son has made his electoral debut and will contest the election from Swaar as SP candidate. Azam khan will contest from his present constituency Rampur.
Gangster-turned-politician, Atiq Ahmed was also denied the ticket by Akhilesh Yadav. However, his name was there on Mulayam’s list.
Other leaders who have got the ticket include Arvind Singh Gop, Hassan Rumi, Sunil Chaudhary, Nitin Aggarwal and Gaurav Swaroop among others.
List include seven candidates from Congress held constituencies
SP has named seven candidates from the Congress held constituencies, inviting a lot of speculation over their alliance with Congress. It has fielded candidates from Mathura, Bilaspur, Kidvai Nagar, Khurja, Syna, Kapur, Swar and Shamli. All these states are held by Congress MLA’s
According to earlier reports, SP was going to contest 300 seats out of 403 and the plan was to allot rest of the seats to congress. The alliance between the two parties was also expected to be announced at the earliest. Top leaders have already confirmed the alliance with Congress.
Clarifying party’s stand, SP Vice-President Kiranmoy Nanda said, ‘First let the alliance happen. We haven’t received anything from the Congress side yet.’
He added, ‘The Samajwadi Party’s key agenda is to defeat the BJP while the Congress want to strengthen its position in UP.’
He also made it clear that in case the alliance materializes, SP will withdraw its candidates from Congress held seats.
No statement has come from the Congress side, as for now.