LS polls: SP chief Akhilesh Yadav files nomination papers from Kannauj

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday filed his nomination papers from Kannauj Lok Sabha constituency.
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav

Kannauj | Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday filed his nomination papers from Kannauj Lok Sabha constituency.

Yadav filed the nomination in the presence of party leaders, including Ram Gopal Yadav.

Talking to reporters after filing his nomination, Akhilesh promised to ensure development in the city.

"The people and party workers wanted me to contest from here as SP candidate. I hope I will get blessings of the people. When I came here for the first time after Netaji (his father and SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav) asked me to contest from here, top leaders, including Janeshwar Mishra, Amar Singh, Azam Khan, Netaji were there." "This election here will end the negative politics of the BJP. The fragrance of Kannauj, which is the city's identity, will spread again," he said.

The SP chief said people do not like the BJP's "negative politics" or its style of working, adding that brotherhood and love will spread from Kannauj after his win.

Asked about some BJP leaders' reported comments that the polls were a cricket match between India and Pakistan, Akhilesh said,"They will not be able to throw a ball nor be able to use the bat. We will hit six on all the six balls." When asked about the delay in the announcement of his candidature, the SP chief said, "There is an old saying: Strike the iron when it is hot. I am here at the right time." Akhilesh has replaced his nephew Tej Pratap Yadav as the SP candidate from Kannauj.

On Monday, the SP had declared his nephew Tej Pratap Yadav as its candidate from the Kannauj parliamentary seat but changed its decision on Wednesday.

Akhilesh said that the works that the SP began in Kannauj was stopped by the BJP government.

Speaking to reporters, party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said the SP will win the Kannauj seat with a huge margin. "The BJP candidate might lose his deposit in the seat," he said.

Akhilesh had won the Kannauj Lok Sabha seat first in 2000 and later represented it in 2004 and 2009.

The seat is presently represented by BJP's Subrat Pathak, who had defeated SP candidate Dimple Yadav in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Elections in Kannauj will be held in the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on May 13.

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