Lucknow: Ahead of seat-sharing between the alliance partners, Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav announced his 2019 General Elections plans. Yadav said he will contest from Kannauj Lok Sabha seat and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav will fight from Mainpuri.
After failing to get any support on the bungalow damage row from his by-poll alliance partners, Yadav has now turned all his attention on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls by holding review meetings to chalk out separate strategy for each Parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
Significantly, Yadav parried questions related to his absence from his friend and AICC President Rahul Gandhi's Iftar party in Delhi on Wednesday. "My party leaders might have gone," he replied casually, hinting that he was not happy with Congress secretly hobnobbing with BSP for assembly polls in three states by year-end keeping him under the dark.
Holding the first review of Kannauj Parliamentary constituency in Lucknow, Yadav declared that he will contest from Kannauj. Significantly, he made the announcement in the presence of his wife Dimple Yadav, who is currently MP from Kannauj.
Yadav also announced that his father Mulayam Singh Yadav will contest from Mainpuri instead of Azamgarh. In 2014, Mulayam had won from both the seats but had retained Azamgarh.
"When BJP and other political parties are not interested in ending 'parivarvaad' then I have also decided to continue with it," said Yadav, hinting that all family members will be given tickets to contest Lok Sabha polls. His announcement will, however, make no impact on the seat-sharing as all the three Lok Sabha seats were won by the Samajwadi Party in 2014 and will go to their quota of seats in 2019.
Yadav said that he will review party's poll preparations on all 80 seats and will make personal appeals to make alliance candidates win on seats which will go to their quota. "A new era of coalition has begun and it is important for the party workers to contest 2019 Lok Sabha polls with the spirit of alliance to defeat the BJP," he pointed out.
"Polls in Uttar Pradesh are nothing but management at booth level. I have learnt this by defeating BJP on four seats in by-polls. We will make the BJP defeat in 2019 in its own game," assured Yadav.
Ridiculing BJP's 'sampark se samarthan' campaign, the SP Chief said that they are exposed now after making false promises and lying to the nation in the last four years. He, however, cautioned party workers of the BJP's massive Social Media campaign to create confusion among voters. "It is our duty to ensure that people do not get swayed away by BJP's bundle of lies like 2014," said he.