The Samajwadi Party (SP) is likely to replace nearly a dozen of its Lok Sabha candidates. Till now,the party has declared 74 candidates and had already replaced candidates on 12 seats. At present ,the SP has 21 MPs in Lok Sabha.
Party leaders claimed that replacement for another 12 seats is in the pipeline. Since we have declared candidates early,there is ample time for us to judge their status. Our leaders had stated that tickets will be changed if feedback from constituencies is not good, partys state spokesperson Rajendra Choudhary said.
Mulayam has adopted a two-way approach to judge the winning prospects of his candidates. Firstly,observors have been sent in every constituencies. They have been directed to ascertain the winning prospects of the candidates,groupism in the party at ground level. These observors will submit their reports by June 30. They have been directed to plan a one-week stay in their area and interact with party leaders and public. Besides these observors,Mulayam has also dispatched some of his close aides and a few youth leaders in various constituencies without informing the local units. They will report directly to Mulayam. Already,several of them have returned and updated him.
The seats that are likely to witness a change include Unnao where Arun Shanker Shukla alias Anna is finding it hard to get support from SP workers due to his shady past and previous BSP stint.
The change is also likely at Barabanki where candidate Rajrani Rawat is being opposed by Muslims,as she was a BJP MLA and joined the party a few months ago. Former MP Ram Sagar Rawat and his son SP MLA Ram Magan Rawat are already organising meetings against her in the seat.
In Faizabad,SP is forced to consider veteran leader and MLA Mitrasen Yadav for Lok Sabha as its Yadav vote bank is already showing signs of erosion. BJP MLA Ramchandra Yadav from Rudauli has already made a serious dent in the community. Mitrasen has been reportedly asked by Mulayam personally to be prepared for contesting the elections replacing former MLC Tilak Ram Verma.
Ambedkar Nagar is also on the radar as Mulayam wants a Kurmi candidate due to their majority in the area.
Former MP C N Singh is also finding it tough in Pratapgarh after the exit of Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya from the ministry. A Brahmin candidate is being considered for the seat. Adverse reports have also been received about K P Yadav from Jaunpur,Narendra Bhati from Gautam Budha Nagar,Feroze Aftab from Saharanpur etc.