UP Dy CM Keshav Maurya

The lotus will now bloom in Mainpuri as Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not campaign there in the last two general elections out of respect for Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Prime Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said on Monday . “We all respect ‘netaji’ (Mulaim). The prime minister himself told me that is why he did not fight in Mainpuri in 2014 and 2019,” Maurya told reporters in Etawah. “This time, lotus will also bloom in Mainpuri,” he said.

Yadav, 82, who died on October 10, represented Mainpuri in Parliament. He had won in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from seats in Mainpuri and Azamgarh but left Mainpuri. He won the seat again in the 2019 polls.

The BJP had fielded Prem Singh Shakya in the 2014 and 2019 by-elections and Shatrughan Singh Chauhan in the 2014 general election against the veteran SP leader. The seat is in the news after the death of Yadav.

The entire Yadav clan is engaged in post-mortem rituals, and politics has been put on hold by the family for the time being. After all, there is talk in politics that someone from the Yadav family would contest the constituency.

Shivpal Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav and his cousin Dharmendra Yadav have been named as possible contenders for the seat. Shivpal Yadav, who had teamed up with Akhilesh, his nephew, in state elections, fell out with him after the election.

Even before Mulayam’s death, when his health was not good, Shivpal, the president of the PSPL, had said that if his elder brother did not compete from Mainpuri, he would compete from there. As his affinity with the BJP grew, it was speculated that he could fight from Mainpuri with the help of the Saffron Party.

But Mulayam’s death and the grief that gripped the family in its wake has apparently brought uncle-nephew closer, suggesting a thaw in the frosty relationship between them. However, a final decision on this has yet to be made by the SP leadership.

The BJP, which has already begun preparations for the 2024 general election, has said on numerous occasions that it would win all 80 LS seats, including SP bastion Mainpuri and Rae Bareily, represented by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

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