Sitting BSP MP from Sambhal Shafiqur Rahman Barq was on Sunday declared the Samajwadi Party’s candidate replacing Javed Ali Khan from the seat. Minority affairs minister Azam had been demanding Barq’s candidature from Sambhal.
Interestingly, Javed Ali, regarded as the choice of the party’s national general secretary Ramgopal Yadav, was earlier declared as the candidate for Sambhal seat by SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav Ramgopal Yadav had reportedly confronted Azam’s claim for Barq, and had even suggested that he (Barq) be fielded from Rampur, where SP is yet to declare a candidate. Barq, who was a BSP MP from Sambhal, was denied ticket by the BSP.
Besides Barq, the SP also changed its Muzaffarnagar candidate. Former MLA Chaudhary Virendra Singh has now replaced Gaurav Swarup (son of Muzaffarnagar MLA and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Urban Development Chitranjan Swarup).