While the alliance hopes Singh will give a direct fight to Maneka, consolidating votes of both upper castes, especially Thakurs, and OBC, Dalit and Mulsim communities, Kamla’s entry has disturbed the equations.
In this election, mother-son duo Maneka and Varun Gandhi have swapped their respective constituencies. While Maneka fought from Pilibhit in last elections, this time son Varun will contest from the UP constituency. He is up against Samajwadi Party's Hemraj Verma.
"Some in my family have also been prime ministers but the respect that Narendra Modi has earned for the nation was never done before," said Gandhi, who is contesting the ongoing Lok Sabha polls from neighbouring Pilibhit, represented by his mother and Union minister Maneka Gandhi.
"MGNREGA is a worthy candidate (for a scheme that has touched rural life and economy the most in recent past). It has had a net positive impact on rural economy by providing meaningful employment to millions,” said Varun Gandhi.