Akhilesh Yadav may contest UP Election from Babina in
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has reportedly
proposed that he will contest the upcoming assembly election from Babina seat in
Bundelkhand in the list of 403 candidates submitted to Samajwadi Party president
Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday.
Babina (Jhansi) seat has been with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)
Instead of claiming a seat that the SP won in 2012, Akhilesh
has perhaps chosen a lost constituency to send a message to the cadre that he is
leading from the front.
In 2012, the SP was far ahead than BSP in all the regions
except Bundelkhand where Mayawati’s party won seven out of 19 seats. The SP won
five, Congress four and the Bharatiya Janata Party bagged three seats in the
On December 16, Akhilesh had hinted he might contest a seat
in Bundelkhand “as chief ministerial candidate”.
Two days after the announcement, he sent a proposal to the
party’s national president about his desire to contest from Bundelkhand. “Some
Bundelkhand people came to me and requested me to contest from a seat in the
region as no chief minister has been elected from there,” Akhilesh had said.
An MLC (member of the Upper House), Akhilesh has won Lok
Sabha polls thrice but has never contested assembly elections.
He is likely to contest from two seats like he did in 2009
Lok Sabha elections. He had fought Kannauj and Firozabad Lok Sabha
constituencies and won both. He retained Kannauj and made his wife Dimple Yadav
a candidate in the Firozabad by-poll.
Dimple, however, lost the seat to Congress candidate Raj
Babbar. After taking over as the CM in 2012, Akhilesh had to quit Kannauj seat
from where Dimple was elected unopposed.
Reportedly, Akhilesh’s original plan was to contest an
assembly seat in his wife’s Lok Sabha constituency.
Courtesy: Hindustan Times