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UP Assembly polls: credibility of bigwigs at stake

The credibility of some political bigwigs whose kin are contesting the Assembly polls is at stake.

india Updated: Apr 20, 2007 21:20 IST

The credibility of some political bigwigs whose kin are contesting the Assembly polls is at stake. These include Samajwadi Party MP Parasnath Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party MP Umakant Yadav and SP MP Tufani Saroj. Parasanth Yadav's son Lucky Yadav is contesting from the Mariahun seat while Munni Devi, wife of MP Tufani Saroj, is contesting from the Kerakat seat on a SP ticket.

The BSP has fielded Dinesh, son of BSP MP Umakant Yadav, from the Khuthan seat.

To ensure party ticket for them, the three MPs had promised the party high command that all these seats would go to their respective party's account. However, if these promises fall flat, their credibility in the party is sure to take a hit.

Dhananjay Singh won the Rari seat in the last election as an Independent candidate. This time, his political prestige is at risk as he is facing a tough fight from BSP nominee Lalji Yadav and SP candidate Lal Bahadur Yadav.

Brahmadeo Mishra, Kalraj Mishra's nephew, contesting from Barsathi seat on a BJP ticket seat, is also facing a tough challenge.

Rebel candidate of SP Lal Chandra 'Lale' from the Sadar seat, Jagdish Narayan Rai from Bayalsi and SP candidate Jwala Prasad Yadav contesting from Machhlishahar too are preparing for a close poll battle.

Interestingly, the SP was about to deny ticket to the sitting SP MLA Jagdish Sonker contesting from Shahganj seat and give it to Deep Chand.

Similarly, former BJP MLA Banke Lal Sonker, contesting from Shahganj (R), was on the verge of losing the ticket to Anita Rawat.

However, these two leaders managed to get the tickets by assuring the party high command of their prospective victory.

Shailendra Yadav 'Lalai' contesting from Khuthan and BJP candidate Surendra Pratap Singh from the Sadar seat are leaving no stone unturned in bagging these seats for the second time in a row. However, it won't be a cakewalk for them this time.

First Published: Apr 20, 2007 21:11 IST