UP Mainpuri by-election :The BJP has fielded Raghuraj Singh Shakya against Dimple Yadav, wife of SP leader Akhilesh Yadav, for the by-election to be held in UP’s Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat. The Mainpuri seat fell vacant after the demise of former SP president and UP CM Mulayam Singh Yadav. Earlier it was believed that in respect of Mulayam Singh, BJP would not field any candidate from this seat. But at the last moment, BJP has nominated Raghuraj Singh Shakya as its candidate.
Apart from UP, the BJP has also decided the names of its candidates for the by-elections to be held in several assembly seats in Rajasthan, Bihar and Chhattisgarh. The BJP has fielded Ashokkumar Pincha from Sardar City Assembly seat in Rajasthan, Kedar Prasad Gupta from Kurhani Assembly seat in Bihar, Brahmanand Netam from Bhanupratappur (ST) assembly seat in Chhattisgarh. On the other hand, Rajkumari Saini has been nominated from Khatauli Assembly seat in UP and Akash Saxena from Rampur. The Rampur assembly seat in UP has recently fallen vacant due to the cancellation of SP leader Azam Khan’s assembly membership after the court sentenced him in a hate speech case.
Eyes on Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat
The BJP has announced the names of the candidates for the by-elections to the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat and the assembly by-elections in other states. But the eyes of the whole country are on the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat, from where Akhilesh Yadav’s wife is contesting on the seat of her father-in-law Mulayam Singh Yadav. The BJP has fielded Raghuraj Singh Shakya from here under a special strategy. Let us tell you that who is Raghuraj Singh Shakya?
Profile of Raghuraj Singh Shakya
Raghuraj Singh Shakya was the state vice-president of the progressive Samajwadi Party of Mulay Singh’s brother Shivpal Yadav. Whereas before this, he has been a Member of Parliament from Sadar seat of Etawah in 1999 and 2004 on Samajwadi Party ticket. Also, in 2012, he has been an MLA from Sadar of Etawah. After the split in the SP before the 2017 assembly elections, he sided with Shivpal Yadav, as Raghuraj Singh Shakya was very close to him. But he joined BJP in UP elections 2022. Shakyas are basically residents of Etawah. His father Ramsingh Shakya has also been a former MP.
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