Lucknow: On Saturday, The Bharatiya Janata Party fielded Bhojpuri star Dinesh Lal Yadav, popularly known as ‘Nirahua’ and Ghanshyam Lodhi, who recently joined the party, for the June 23 bypoll to Azamgarh and Rampur parliamentary constituencies.
Nirahua, who joined the BJP in 2019, had contested from the Azamgarh Lok Sabha constituency in the last general elections but lost to Akhilesh Yadav by over 2.5 lakh votes.
Mr Lodhi, a Samajwadi Party MLC, had joined the BJP ahead of the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Azamgarh and Rampur in Uttar Pradesh were vacated by Samajwadi Party leaders Akhilesh Yadav and Mohd Azam Khan respectively after winning the assembly polls.
The BJP has also announced candidates for seven assembly seats from four states – Tripura (4), Andhra Pradesh (1), Delhi (1) and Jharkhand (1). According to the Election Commission, polling will be held on June 23 and counting of votes on June 26.