Akhilesh Yadav announces SP candidate list of 190, including uncle Shivpal Yadav, Azam Khan
The Samajwadi Party has announced that it will contest in 300 of UP's 403 seats, with rest being left to the Congress
Samajwadi Party chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's new candidate list which was released on Friday afternoon ahead of Party's formal alliance with the Congress in assembly polls has a very unexpected name in it, none other than his uncle Shivpal Yadav. The party's first list features candidates for the first three phases of election which will be held hin seven phases from February 11. Akhilesh's list has so many names including Atul Pradhan and Arvind Singh which his father Mulayam Singh Yadav had left out in an earlier list announced last month.
The Samajwadi Party has announced that it will contest in 300 of UP's 403 seats, with rest being left to the Congress.
The inclusion of Shivpal indicates about reconciliation efforts underway in a tussle between Akhilesh and Mulayam. UP Chief Minister had announced a list of his own candidates in defiance of his father's list and was later announced as party's president replacing Mulayam.
Election Commission of India recognised Akhilesh as party's chief and granted him the use of party symbol cycle instead of his father. After the order, Mulayam had given Akhilesh a list of 38 candidates to be fielded, among them Shivpal Yadav.
Shivpal Yadav will contest the elections from Jaswantnagar, the constituency he represents whereas his son Aditya failed to get into the list.
The new list leaves out candidates like Atiq Ahmed, a criminal-politician with multiple criminal cases against him. Though Akhilesh had strong reservations against Atiq, Mulayam had included him in the list allegedly on behalf of Shivpal Yadav.
The state saw an unprecedented family feud between Akhilesh and his uncle as the crucial polls getting near.