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BJP sitting MP from Prayagraj joins SP

IANS  |  Lucknow 

In a major setback to the BJP ahead of the 2019 elections, the party's sitting from resigned and joined the Yadav-led (SP) on Saturday.

Gupta will contest the as an SP candidate from the Banda parliamentary constituency.

According to SP leaders, Gupta visited the party office in later in the day and met Yadav, after which he was allotted the ticket.

It is said that Gupta was unhappy with the over reports that he may be denied a ticket from the constituency, which he won in 2014.

Gupta had earlier contested the 2009 as an SP candidate from Phulpur.

The SP, and the Rashtriya Lok Dal are contesting the coming elections in an alliance.

The SP won five seats in the 2014 elections, while the BSP scored a nil.

The BJP-led NDA alliance had won 73 out of 80 seats in the state while the had won two seats in the state.

The seven phased elections is scheduled from April 11 to May 19. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 15:14 IST
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