Both the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party announced their candidates for the Ayodhya-Faizabad Lok Sabha seat on Sunday. While the BSP opted for Bimlendra Mohan Pratap Mishra,the scion of the erstwhile royal family of Ayodhya,the SP named BSP-reject Mitrasen Yadav as its candidate.
Mishra,who patronised VHPs Ram temple movement from its early days,has a good following among the Brahmins of Ayodhya and Faizabad.
Yadav,a former CPI MP,on the other hand,commands good support among the backward communities and minorities. He is named in at least 35 criminal cases registered at different police stations in Faizabad.
BSP sources said Yadav was denied party ticket because of his involvement in the human trafficking case,along with BJP MP Babubhai Katara. Also,his MLA son Anandsens involvement in the murder of a Dalit law student Shashi had further irked the party leadership.
Confirming the SPs decision to field him,Yadav said,Partys national general secretary Amar Singh has told me that I will be fighting the Lok Sabha polls on the SPs ticket from Faizabad.
In the last elections,Yadav had won from the Faizabad seat as a BSP candidate. His son Anandsen was inducted in the UP ministry,but had to resign after he was named in the Shashi murder case.
Mitrasen said Anandsen did not need to resign either from the BSP or as an MLA since he is in jail and politically inactive. When he comes out on bail,then we will think about his political direction, he said.