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Akhilesh Yadav unlikely to contest Uttar Pradesh legislative polls

UP Vidhan Parishad polls are due to fill 13 seats either falling vacant soon or already vacant

Virendra Singh Rawat  |  Lucknow 

Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party, SP
FILE PHOTO: Samajwadi Party chief and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav

Akhilesh Yadav, the national president of principal opposition (SP), is unlikely to contest the forthcoming himself.

Yadav is the sitting UP member of legislative council (MLC) and his term is due to expire on May 5. If he does not contest the polls slated later this month, it would mean that the former UP chief minister would not be the member of any house for the time being and join the league of (BSP) supremo She had last year resigned from her Rajya Sabha seat and ever since, she has been working towards strengthening her party at the grassroots before the 2019 Lok Sabha poll without representing any constituency.

are due to fill 13 seats either falling vacant soon or already vacant. If Yadav decides against contesting the Parishad poll then he would have to wait for the 2019 Lok Sabha poll to fight an election.

The prominent among those whose Vidhan Parishad term would be coming to an end include Akhilesh Yadav, UP ministers Mohsin Raza and Mahendra Singh, SP UP president Naresh Uttam Patel, Rajendra Chaudhary, Madhu Gupta, Ramsakal Gurjar, Umar Ali Khan, Vijay Yadav; Chaudhary Mushaq of Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), and leaders Vijay Pratap and Sunil Kumar Chittaur.

A senior SP leader told Business Standard that the party was yet to decide on the candidature for the

In Vidhan Parishad polls, MLAs cast their vote to elect MLCs. It would take 29 votes to elect an MLC in UP. SP has strength only to ensure the victory of only one candidate and such circumstance, there are indications that Yadav would decide against contesting himself and instead nominate one of the party seniors. Yadav would instead invest his energies to revamp his outfit in run up to the next year’s crucial polls.

According to sources, SP would transfer its extra votes for candidate to keep their alliance going.

On basis of brute majority in Vidhan Sabha, ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) can get 11 of its candidates elected, if there is no cross voting. The would be another acid test for CM Yogi Adityanath in the form of the floor test.

Currently, and allies enjoy support of 224 members in 403 member Vidhan Sabha and thus it could safely get 11 of its members elected. A MLA had died in a road accident last month reducing the party’s effective strength to 311 from 312, while also reducing the voting members to 402. SP enjoys the support of 46 MLAs, while has 19 members in the Vidhan Sabha.

is likely to field candidates representing all the communities in the Parishad polls.

First Published: Thu, April 05 2018. 17:30 IST