Akhilesh Yadav hints he may contest from Kannauj in 2024 Lok Sabha polls

Published on Nov 24, 2022 10:51 PM IST

Akhilesh Yadav has represented Kannauj as an MP three times before he vacated the seat in 2012 when he became the chief minister and got nominated to the legislative council.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav campaigning in Mainpuri on Thursday. (PTI PHOTO)
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav campaigning in Mainpuri on Thursday. (PTI PHOTO)
By, Kanpur

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday gave a strong indication that he would contest the 2024 Lok Sabha polls from his traditional Kannauj seat, which he had won for the first time in a bypoll in 2000 and went on to retain it in 2004 and 2009.

Asked whether or not he would contest polls in 2024, Yadav, who was in Kannauj to attend two private functions on Thursday, said as a politician it was his job to contest an election.

“I will contest from where I contested my first election,” he said. Then, he added on a lighter note, “ghar pe baithe hain, chunav to ladenge (I am sitting at home, I will contest the election).”

The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said his party would take the decision at the right time.

Akhilesh Yadav has represented Kannauj as an MP three times before he vacated the seat in 2012 when he became the chief minister and got nominated to the legislative council.

At present, Yadav is an MLA from Karhal seat in Mainpuri.

As to why the SP fielded his wife Dimple Yadav from the Mainpuri Lok Sabha constituency for which a bypoll would take place on December 5, the SP president said, “Elections are (due) in 2024 again.”

The bypoll for the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat has been necessitated following the demise of SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav on October 10.

Akhilesh Yadav, who has buried the hatchet with his uncle Shivpal Yadav, has been busy campaigning in Mainpuri in recent days.

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