AS SAMAJWADI Party declared 142 candidates for 2017 Assembly polls on Friday, all eyes are now on SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s relatives, including son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. At present, only Shivpal Yadav is a member of the state Assembly from Mulayam’s family.
Akhilesh, on the other hand, is currently a member of the legislative council. Elected in 2012, his tenure will end in 2018. According to norms, any individual sworn in as the chief minister despite not being a member of the state legislature is required to become a member of the either Houses within six months of being sworn in as the CM.
Party sources said at least five members from the Yadav family are likely to contest the polls. Topping the list is Akhilesh. He is likely to contest from Bidhuna seat in Auraiya or Karhal in Mainpuri.
Often, Akhilesh refers Kannauj Lok Sabha seat as his own area, which includes Bidhuna. Karhal is also a probability as it is part of Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat, which is a Yadav-dominated constituency. Currently, both these Assembly seats are with the SP.
Shivpal’s son Aditya Yadav alias Ankur is also set to make his debut in Assembly polls. He is likely to contest from Jaswant Nagar — the safest seat in the Yadav family. Currently, the seat is held by Shivpal and Mulayam had represented it in the past. It is a stronghold of the SP, as Saifai — Mulayam’s native village — also comes under Jaswant Nagar. At present, Ankur is the chairman of Pradeshik Cooperative Federation — the largest cooperative body of UP.
If Shivpal vacates Jaswant Nagar, he is likely to be shifted to eastern region of UP. Already, Mulayam represents Azamgarh in Lok Sabha. In Azamgarh, the party holds nine out of the 10 Assembly seats.
Abhishek Yadav alias Anshul, Mulayam’s brother Rajpal Yadav’s son, is focusing on Etawah seat. At present, Anshul is the chairman of Etawah zila panchayat. His mother Premlata Yadav is also a strong contender for the Assembly ticket. She has served twice as the chairman of the Etawah zila panchayat.
Another youth from the family, Anurag Yadav is also reportedly working hard for a chance to contest. At present, he is the national secretary of SP’s youth wing. Sources said he had initially focused on Karhal but now wants to contest from another seat selected by Mulayam. Anurag is the elder brother of Dharmendra Yadav, the Badaun MP.