Lucknow: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav will be contesting the Lok Sabha election from eastern Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh.
Presently the seat is held by his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is the party’s candidate from Mainpuri, a family stronghold. The announcement comes days after ally Mayawati said she would not contest the Lok Sabha polls.
This is the first time Akhilesh Yadav is contesting from eastern UP. In the 2009 general election, he scored his third Lok Sabha election win from Kannauj. He vacated the seat after he became the chief minister in 2012. His wife Dimple Yadav, who is the current parliamentarian, will contest from the constituency next month.
In 2014, despite a BJP sweep on Lok Sabha seats in eastern UP, Mulayam Singh Yadav won from Azamgarh with a margin of 63,000 votes. The seat has a sizeable Muslim and Yadav population, which is the core vote bank of the Samajwadi Party.