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Amar Singh, Beni Verma file papers for RS poll

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

candidates for Rajya Sabha, including Amar Singh, and realtor Sanjay Seth, filed their nomination papers today for the biennial elections slated for next month.

From the list of candidates for declared on May 17 after the SP Parliamentary Board meeting, the party replaced Kumar Singh with Surendra Nagar.

Other SP candidates who filed nomination are former Legislative Council Chairman Sukhram Singh Yadav, Reoti and Vishwambhar Prasad Nishad.

Among those who filed their nomination papers for SP, Seth is a 'controversial' builder from Lucknow. His name was earlier sent by the party to Raj Bhawan for nomination as an MLC, but it was not approved by Governor Ram Naik.

While Amar Singh was in political wilderness for six years following his expulsion from SP, Beni recently returned to the party fold after quitting Congress.

Amar Singh was accompanied by his wife and two daughters while filing his nomination. Senior party leaders Shivpal Yadav and were also present.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who was in Bhadohi on an official visit, and SP supremo Yadav were conspicuous by their absence.

The support of 37 MLAs is needed for a candidate's entry into

As per the existing strength of different parties in the 403-member state Assembly, SP with 229 MLAs would be able to get six nominees elected to Rajya Sabha, BSP two and BJP one. Currently, BSP has six of these seats and SP three.

Eight SP candidates for the UP Legislative Council -- Balram Yadav, Shatrudra Prakash, Yashwant Singh, Bukkal Nawab, Ram Sundar Das, Jagjivan Ram, Kamlesh Pathak and Rajvijay Singh -- also filed their nominations.

The biennial elections are slated to be held next month.

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Later, talking to mediapersons, Amar Singh said, he would "utilise the opportunity to strengthen the Samajwadi Party" while thanking SP supremo Yadav.

Party general secretary Ramgopal Yadav said, "The party will be strengthened after the RS and MLC polls."

On being asked about two years of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, Yadav called it an "utter failure".

First Published: Wed, May 25 2016. 17:23 IST
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