Anand Sharma and former Rajya Sabha leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad – another G-23 leader – were included in the Political Affairs Group which the party had announced setting up during its Chintan Shivir (brainstorming session) earlier this month.
Elections for four seats of the Upper House will be held in India’s geographically largest state. The Congress and the BJP are poised to win two and one respectively, setting the stage for a tight contest for the fourth berth.
Dimple Yadav, SP’s former Kannauj MP and party president Akhilesh Yadav’s wife (whose name was also among the SP probables) is now likely to be the SP candidate in the forthcoming Lok Sabha bypolls on the Azamgarh seat vacated by Akhilesh Yadav.
In Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is keen on contesting eight of 11 seats going to polls in the state, even though it is short of the number of MLAs to win all eight, party leaders in Lucknow said.