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Akhilesh faces litmus test as Mainpuri prepares for by-election without Mulayam

The Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat fell vacant after the death of Samajwadi Party (SP) founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, so a fierce political battle is on the cards in the upcoming by-election in the stronghold of the SP.

By wasmulhaq 
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Mainpuri: The Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat fell vacant after the death of Samajwadi Party (SP) founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, so a fierce political battle is on the cards in the upcoming by-election in the stronghold of the SP.

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This election would be a litmus test for party president Akhilesh Yadav because the first election is set to be held without Mulayam Singh Yadav.

SP and BJP both will try to show their strength in Mainpuri, but Akhilesh needs to win this election to salvage the party’s pride. However, in Mulayam’s absence, the BJP has a chance to derail the SP’s hopes.

The BJP is likely to field a candidate who belongs to a backward caste to counter the SP candidate. However, the BJP has a long list of contenders, which includes former MP Raghuraj Singh Shakya, MLA Mamtesh Shakya, former Lok Sabha candidate Trupti Shakya, and former Lok Sabha candidate Prem Singh Shakya. The BJP may also pull out an upper-caste card.

Akhileshe vs Shivpal

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The relationship between Akhilesh Yadav and his estranged uncle, Shivpal Singh Yadav, may be a big issue for the Samajwadi Party. Shivpal’s statement is dangerous for Akhilesh. He claimed that the BJP should support him on the Mainpuri seat.

On the other hand, SP spokesperson Fakhurul Hasan Chand said that the seat of Mainpuri is a matter of prestige for the party and the family.

Denying the challenge from the BJP, the SP spokesperson said, “Whoever will be the candidate will get huge support. “The BJP used the administrative machinery in the Gola Gokarnnath by-election, but the people of Mainpuri will answer the BJP.”

Mulayam Singh Yadav won the 2004 Lok Sabha elections from Mainpuri, and his winning streak continued in the 2009, 2014, and 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

A bye-election is set to be held in the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat on December 5, while the results will be declared on December 8.

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