Akhilesh Yadav returns to Kanauj to reclaim family legacy amid tense election battle | Latest News India

Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav has thrown his hat into the fray from the Kanauj Lok Sabha seat – a family seat carefully nurtured by his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and won by him 24 years ago. was handed over to

Samajwadi Party chief and party candidate from Kanauj constituency, Akhilesh Yadav, meets supporters during the campaign for the Lok Sabha polls on Monday. (ANI Photo)

Yadav is a four-time MP and is currently the MLA from Kurhil assembly constituency from 2022, contesting the state election for the first time.

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His last-minute entry into the electoral fray was due to two reasons: first, to reclaim the legacy of his father, who saw the family citadel crumble in his lifetime in 2019. And secondly, it is part of the efforts of the Yadav family. Defend their traditional strongholds in so-called “Yadavland”: his wife Dimple Yadav contested from Mainpuri, party leader Ram Gopal Yadav's son Akshay Yadav from Ferozeabad and Shivpal Yadav's son Aditya Yadav from Badayan. fought He is contesting from Kanauj seat for the fourth time after 15 years.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won from Kanauj, Badawan and Ferozabad in the 2019 general elections. Only Mulayam Singh Yadav won from Mainpuri. But in 2014 SP won all four seats despite the Narendra Modi wave. The loss of Kanauj particularly hurt SP and Akhilesh Yadav the most. Never before has the SP lost a seat since it first contested the constituency, dominated by the Yadav-Muslim alliance since 1998.

The party won the seat seven times in a row as the senior Yadav inherited Ram Manohar Lohia, the first MP from his seat and for whom Yadav had campaigned in 1967. family stronghold.

He won the Mainpuri seat in 1999, which he continued to represent, leaving Kanauj for his son. Senior journalist Anurag Tripathi was among the journalists who reported the extradition at a rally addressed by senior Yadav in Kanauj.

The SP chief introduced the shy and soft-spoken Akhilesh Yadav sitting at his feet. “I'm going to give the boy, make him sad (I am bringing you my son, please make sure he reaches Parliament), Mulayam famously told an audience when party leader Azam Khan almost dragged Akhilesh in public in 2000, Tripathi Did you miss

Akhilesh won the seat three times in 1999, 2004 and 2009, each time with a wider margin of victory, before vacating the seat at the age of 38 to become the youngest Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. . His wife ran unopposed as the next MP from 2012-14. She barely made it in the 2014 elections, which she won by just 20,000 votes. The BJP had closed the gap and breached the SP's citadel by 12,000 votes in 2019.

After Mulayam Singh's death in October 2022 at the age of 82, this will be the first time that Akhilesh will return as a candidate from Kanauj amid the question of whether he will resume his father's legacy after his demise. Can get?

This explains why he chose to contest again, even though he had earlier said he would remain in the state assembly ahead of the 2027 assembly polls. In a sign of his true intentions, the SP chief, however, has been visiting Kanauj regularly after the 2022 polls, correcting the mistakes made in 2019 and 2022 in the five assembly constituencies, informing the party cadre about his return. I was giving hints.

To be doubly sure of the facts on the ground, Yadav announced the candidature of Tej Pratap Yadav, son-in-law of Lalu Prasad Yadav, two days before the nomination. The decision caused a sensation, and his party leaders rushed to Lucknow and pressured him to reverse his decision.

On April 26, he submitted his nomination papers ending all speculations. Incumbent BJP MP Subrat Pathak who defeated Dimple Yadav in 2019 also filed his nomination papers.

The first thing Akhilesh did was to take out a 40-km road show from Rasulabad in Kanpur village to Thiruva – the two assembly constituencies responsible for his loss in the 2019 elections. His uncle Shiv Pal's rebellion led him to face some real ground operators – such as former Shiv Kumar Berea and Kuldeep Yadav in Rasulabad. Some Yadav leaders were thrown out in Tiruva.

Both Beria and Yadav have returned to the party. But party leader Akhilesh had been working on weak spots for two years – he worked to forge a new social equation. Pachda, a Dalit And Alpasankhiak' or PDA, his father first experimented in 1993 with the founder of the Bahujan Samaj Party.

Kanauj, which has elected Yadavs ten times in the last 16 elections, has 4.75 lakh Muslims and Yadavs. But the real problem facing SP is the lack of Brahmin face, this community is about 9% of the population.

Yadav replaced Naresh Uttam Patel with Shyam Lal Pal as the new state president of his party. Paul is active in Tarva. Rajan said, “The SP lost four assembly constituencies, Rasulabad, Tiruva, Chibramau, and Kanauj Sadar to the BJP by a total of 16,000 votes. This is where the focus is on the distribution of votes by the PD.” Be strongly tested along the A-line.” Mishra, Political Observer in Kanauj.

In his run so far, Yadav has been able to push his preference not to be seen as a leader involved in Muslim-Yadav politics, but as a leader promoting a broader coalition, including Dalits and OBC. At the time of filing his nomination, he clearly indicated his choice of recommenders – three of the four were Dalits and OBCs, and one was a Muslim.

In his last three visits to Kanauj, Yadav held meetings with key families and three rallies to strengthen booth management and remind the public of his father's legacy. At a rally with Rahul Gandhi in Kanauj, Akhilesh largely confined himself to stories about his political journey with his father in Kanauj.

He said that whether I contested the election from here or not, I never left the people of Kanauj.

His extra cautious approach stems from the fact that rival Pathak is trying to polarize the election. He has already likened the competition to that between India and Pakistan.

After Yadav performed puja at the Gauri Shankar temple earlier this week, BJP workers washed the premises with Ganga water in an attempt to “purify” it. The 108 Brahmin leaders who had recently recited 'Shat Chandi' for Yadav's victory at the Ganga Ghat temple suddenly turned pale. His spokesperson Pandit Sachin Tiwari appeared before the media to claim that he supported the party that brought Ram Lalla to Ayodhya while distancing himself from the SP.

Pathak, whom Union Home Minister Amit Shah described as his good friend at a rally in Kanauj to raise his profile in the contest, has had his share of controversies over the past five years. Pathak, the face of Hindutva in Kanauj, recently had a heated exchange with influential Brahmin leader Kanhaiya Dixit.

In Tiruva, they stand with the Lodhi community over the removal and then reinstallation of Maharani Avantibai Lodhi's statue. His controversial video discussing the possibility of Lodhi buying votes added fuel to the fire. Additionally, during the Ram Nomi procession, a youth was jailed for climbing a religious pedestal, leading to allegations of police brutality and discontent among BJP supporters.

Internal discord has also surfaced within the party due to Subrata's controversial remarks about BJP leader Satish Paul during the ticket distribution process, which went viral and fueled further discontent. A BJP leader, who did not want to be named, said Pathak was also fighting with Brahmins from Kanauj and Akhilesh.

In support of him, the party's deputy chief minister Keshav Maurya has addressed six rallies, focusing on Thiruva where Pathak's feud with the Lodhis continues to fester. On his part, Shah also held his own rally in Tarwa to address his political concerns. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already addressed a rally for him.

Don't forget that the lobby of perfumers plays an important role in Kanauj. Understanding the perfumer's direction is crucial in the final stages. Every party has a cordial relationship with this lobby. But in the last five years, the perfumery business has faced several raids by the Income Tax and GST departments.

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