They have always been fierce rivals, but when SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati came together in Mainpuri in a show of strength and bonhomie, a rally like this had not been seen in UP.
Among these five seats, while others seem to be in a better position against rival candidates, the equations on Kannauj and Firozabad seats has made the fight toughest for Dimple and Akshay this election.
UP Additional Chief Electoral Officer Brahm Ram Dev Tiwari told The Indian Express that the poll panel had taken cognizance of her speech. “We have sought a report from the District Magistrate and will take the next step after we receive it,” Tiwari said.
The RLD attached a video of the BJP leader’s speech along with its complaint, in which Balyan is purportedly heard saying that he will settle scores with alleged “criminals” campaigning for his opponent.
She, however, added that “after the elections, I can get any seat vacated and contest from there to go to the Lok Sabha”. In a tweet posted on her official Twitter account, she appealed to her supporters not to be “disheartened” by her “decision not to contest LS poll now”.
BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi told The Indian Express, "Politicians should be careful when they talk about women and people belonging to disadvantaged communities.” He refused to speak further on the matter.
With the campaigning for the first phase set to end on April 9, the alliance will only get two days to campaign in the region with the alliance top leaders addressing their first joint rally in Saharanpur’s Deoband on April 7.
At the meeting, the litigants, who will be appearing before the panel to reach an amicable solution for the dispute, and others reportedly talked over the argument to be presented in favour of their case.
On Saturday evening, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav tweeted in support of the professor stating, “The BJP’s assault on Dalits continues unabated. Today Prof. Ravi Kant of Lucknow University was stripped of a state-sponsored award for having anti-BJP views. This is the true face of their so-called ‘nationalism.’”
Akshay Yadav has been fielded from Firozabad seat again. In 2014, he had won the seat after securing 5,34,583 votes (48.93%) and had defeated BJP’s SP Singh Baghel who had got 4,20,524 votes (38.07%). BSP’s Vishwadeep Singh had stood third with 1,18,909 votes (10.76%).