Akhilesh, Mulayam may contest from old bastions in 2019 LS polls

Akhilesh, Mulayam may contest from old bastions in 2019 LS polls

Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Akhilesh Yadav could replace his wife Dimple Yadav as party nominee from his old bastion of Kannauj in the next Lok Sabha elections in 2019.

Akhilesh's father and SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav could also opt for the safe seat of Mainpuri instead of Azamgarh in the Parliamentary polls.

A hint to this effect was dropped by Akhilesh while speaking to reporters here on Monday. ''I would like to contest from Kannauj,'' he said. The SP supremo, however, added that it was his ''personal wish''.

The Kannauj seat is currently held by Dimple, who had scraped through in the 2014 LS polls by a slender margin of around 20,000 votes. Akhilesh had won from Kannauj LS seat in 2009 polls but resigned after becoming chief minister of the state in 2012.

According to SP sources here, Akhilesh's decision to contest from Kannauj was aimed at keeping his old fort intact. The SP had fared poorly in the recently held urban local body polls in Kannauj district.

Going easy

Sources said that Mulayam too wanted to contest from the comparatively safer seat of Mainpuri rather than Azamgarh, which he now represents.

In the 2014 LS polls, Mulayam had contested from both the seats and emerged victorious at both places. In Azamgarh, however, he had faced a tough fight from BJP and managed to win by a little over 60,000 votes. He later resigned from Mainpuri.

SP leaders said that Akhilesh and Mulayam would prefer to focus on the seats in the central and western region of the state rather than stretching themselves by opting for seats in the eastern region, where they might have to face a tough fight from BJP and BSP.

The party leaders also said that Dimple might say goodbye to active politics.

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