The BJP has decided to contest against Samajwadi Party’s Dimple Yadav in the Kannauj by-poll. The party on Wednesday named Jagdev Singh Yadav as its candidate.
Earlier, A day after the Congress decided not to contest by-election for Kannauj, BSP on Wednesday resolved not to field the party candidate against SP nominee Dimple Yadav.
The move is seen as a ‘friendly gesture’ towards the Samajwadi Party in the run up to the presidential polls in July.
The Lok Sabha seat goes to polls June 24 following the resignation of Akhilesh Yadav from Parliament after he was elected the chief minister.
Dimple Yadav, wife of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, filed her nomination papers for Kannauj bypoll on Tuesday. Accompanied by her husband, she later addressed a public rally asking people to vote for her as a “sister, bhabhi and bahu”.
“You have shown faith in Netaji, Akhileshji and now time has come to bless me,” she said.
Dimple assured the voters of Kannauj that she would work “relentlessly and honestly” for the development of the district, and accused the former BSP government of pushing UP back by 20 years.
Addressing the rally later, Akhilesh Yadav said his government would ensure all-round development of not only Kannauj but of the entire state.
Earlier Dimple Yadav was fielded by the Samajwadi Party from Firozabad in the 2009 Lok Sabha election. But she lost to Raj Babbar, a former party colleague who had joined the Congress.