Politics & Governance

Akhilesh Yadav to contest UP polls from the Karhal constituency in Mainpuri district

Akhilesh YadavPhoto Credit: Economic Times

Akhilesh Yadav, the leader of the Samajwadi Party, will contest for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly from the Karhal constituency in Mainpuri district, the party said on Thursday. Karhal voters will go to the polls on February 20.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) announced on Thursday that Bhagwant Mann, the party’s chief ministerial face, will contest the Punjab Assembly elections from the Dhuri constituency in Sangrur. Bhim Army chief Shekhar Aazad Chandra will contest for Gorakhpur Sadar in the forthcoming Assembly elections, taking on CM Yogi Adityanath.

Akhilesh Yadav is currently the Lok Sabha Member of Parliament for the Azamgarh seat. The leader has never contested a state election. In 2012, he became the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh by way of the Legislative Council.

Akhilesh Yadav said on Wednesday that he would decide whether or not to stand for election after speaking with residents in his area. The possibility of the Samajwadi Party leader contesting from Mainpuri Sadar, Chhibramau in Kannauj, Gopalpur in Azamgarh, or Gunnaur in Sambhal was widely speculated. He will, however, be running from the Karhal constituency.

Karhal is currently represented by Samajwadi Party MLA Sobaran Singh Yadav. Since 1993, the Samajwadi Party has won this seat seven times. Karhal was won by the BJP in the 2002 election. Mulayam Singh Yadav, the founder of the Samajwadi Party, is a member of Parliament for the Mainpuri seat. The Uttar Pradesh Assembly election 2022 will be contested in seven phases beginning on February 10th. The results of the elections will be declared on March 10.

The most recent Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh were held in seven phases in 2017. 312 of the state’s 403 Assembly constituencies were won by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies.

The ruling BJP, Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, the Congress, and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party are expected to fight it out in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections this time.

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