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Mainpuri LS bypoll: Akhilesh Yadav wife Dimple Yadav, files nomination for Mainpuri

New Delhi: On Monday, Samajwadi party chief Akhilesh Yadav wife Dimple Yadav filed her nomination for the Mainpuri Lok Sabha bypoll to be held on December 5 and the result will be declared on December 8. Akhilesh Yadav was also with her. The Mainpuri parliamentary seat fell vacant following the demise of Mulayam Singh Yadav on October 10.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Monday, Samajwadi party chief Akhilesh Yadav wife Dimple Yadav filed her nomination for the Mainpuri Lok Sabha bypoll to be held on December 5 and the result will be declared on December 8. Akhilesh Yadav was also with her. The Mainpuri parliamentary seat fell vacant following the demise of Mulayam Singh Yadav on October 10.

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Dimple Yadav said in a tweet in Hindi, “With salutation (‘naman’) to ‘netaji’ (Mulayam Singh Yadav), we dedicate today’s nomination to his principles and values. Netaji’s blessings have always been with us, and it will always remain.” “The party declares Dimple Yadav as candidate for Mainpuri bypoll,” the party announced on Twitter.

Dimple Yadav was elected unopposed from the Kannauj constituency to the Lok Sabha in 2012 after Akhilesh Yadav became the chief minister and resigned from the seat to enter the Uttar Pradesh legislative council. She again won the seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha election but lost it to BJP candidate Subrat Pathak in 2019. The SP has won the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat nine times, including twice in bypolls.

After Mulayam’s demise last month, the names of Mainpuri MP Tej Pratap Singh Yadav, Akhilesh’s cousin Dharmendra Yadav and Dimple were doing the rounds as SP’s probable candidate from the seat. The Mainpuri parliamentary constituency has five assembly segments of Mainpuri, Bhongaon, Kishni, Karhal and Jaswant Nagar. In the 2022 assembly elections, the SP won the Karhal, Kishni and the Jaswant Nagar seats, while the BJP won the Mainpuri and the Bhogaon seats.

It is for the first time Dimple is contesting from the seat. If she wins, she will be the first woman MP of Mainpuri. The BJP has not announced its candidate on the seat yet, while it is still not clear whether Congress, BSP and Shivpal Yadav’s Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia (PSPL) will contest the polls or not.

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Dimple Yadav had lost the Lok Sabha elections in 2019 to BJP candidate Subrat Pathak from Kannauj. Akhilesh’s Karhal assembly seat is part of Mainpuri Lok Sabha constituency and so is Jaswant Nagar, which is represented by Shivpal Yadav.

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