BJP now eyes Mulayam Singh Yadav's Mainpuri seat
Upbeat after its stupendous success in the just concluded Lok Sabha elections, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh is now preparing to corner the Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav in Mainpuri, which is considered his bastion.
Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav, who has won from two seats Azamgarh and Mainpuri, resigned from his Mainpuri seat on Monday.
The Samajwadi Party is all set to field Tej Pratap Yadav, grand-nephew of Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav from Mainpuri which has a dominant Yadav population.
Mainpuri has around 3.5 lakh Yadav voters, followed by 2.5 lakh Shakya voters, 1.5 lakh Lodh voters and around one lakh Thakur voters.
The BJP is now determined to wrest this seat from SP and demolish yet another Yadav bastion.
According to BJP sources, the party had initially decided to field former chief minister Kalyan Singh from Mainpuri which also has large Lodh population but now that Mr Singh is being tipped for a gubernatorial assignment, the party has almost confirmed the candidature of Ramakant Yadav who had lost to Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav in Azamgarh by a margin of only 63,000 votes.
“I have been asked to start preparing for Mainpuri byelections.” Mr Ramakant Yadav said.
Mr Yadav said that he will start camping in Mainpuri from June onwards and ensure that he gets the seat for the BJP. Ramakant Yadav had won the Lok Sabha elections from Azamgarh twice, in 1996 and 1999, on SP symbol. He was elected from the same seat in 2004 on BSP ticket and had won it again in 2009 as BJP nominee. He lost this time to the Samajwadi president.
Meanwhile, a senior BJP leader said that though by-polls will be held for 12 assembly seats, along the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat, the party will leave no stone unturned to wrest Mainpuri from the Samajwadi hold.