Akhilesh Yadav quits as Lok Sabha MP; retains UP assembly seat | Latest News India - Hindustan Times

Akhilesh Yadav quits as Lok Sabha MP; retains UP assembly seat

Mar 22, 2022 01:57 PM IST

Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party won 111 seats in Uttar Pradesh. 

Akhilesh Yadav has quit as Lok Sabha MP after he won the assembly constituency of Karhal in the Uttar Pradesh state elections. This was the first assembly election the 48-year-old former UP chief minister had fought. He was a Lok Sabha MP from Azamgarh.

Akhilesh Yadav submits resignation to Lok Sabha speaker Om Prakash Birla. 
Akhilesh Yadav submits resignation to Lok Sabha speaker Om Prakash Birla. 

With this, Akhilesh Yadav is expected to fill in the role of the leader of opposition in the UP state assembly. In visuals, he was seen handing over his resignation to Lok Sabha speaker Om Prakash Birla on Tuesday afternoon.

Hindustan Times - your fastest source for breaking news! Read now.

The Samajwadi Party chief has been the BJP's key challenger in Uttar Pradesh. His party won 111 of 403 assembly seats while the BJP, along with its allies, managed to win 273 seats. However, a day after the result for the crucial state was out, he said that his party's performance had shown that the BJP's seats can be reduced. In 2017, the BJP and its allies had won 325 seats.

Yogi Adityanath is set to take oath as Uttar Pradesh's chief minister on Friday at a grand ceremony for a second straight term. This is the first time in 37 years that a chief minister in the state has returned for a consecutive term.

Yadav has been a relentless critic of the BJP and Yogi Adityanath over the issue of jobs in the state among other matters. He had also slammed the ruling party over the handling of coronavirus, and during the election, he accused the BJP of meddling with the electronic voting machines. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had led the BJP's counterattacks against the SP over what the BJP described as lawlessness and "mafia raj" in the state during Akhilesh Yadav's tenure.

In another development, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan has also resigned from Lok Sabha, news agency ANI reported. He won the UP assembly polls from Rampur. Khan is facing multiple police cases, which the opposition as described as political revenge.

(With inputs from ANI) 

Unveiling 'Elections 2024: The Big Picture', a fresh segment in HT's talk show 'The Interview with Kumkum Chadha', where leaders across the political spectrum discuss the upcoming general elections. Watch Now!

Get Current Updates on India News, Himachal Pradesh News Live, Sheikh Shahjahan along with Latest News and Top Headlines from India and around the world
Share this article

    A newsroom junkie with 11+ years of experience with print and online publications; travel and books are the soup for the soul.

Story Saved
Live Score
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Thursday, February 29, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On