Akhilesh to contest LS poll from Kannauj, Mulayam chooses Mainpuri

LUCKNOW: Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Monday said he would like to contest next year’s general elections from Kannauj constituency, presently held by his wife Dimple Yadav. “I will like to contest from Kannauj,” he told reporters here after paying tribute to veteran socialist leader Janeshwar Mishra on his death anniversary.
Replying to a question, Akhilesh Yadav said ‘netaji’ Mulayam Singh Yadav will contest the polls from Mainpuri. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the 78-year-old SP patriarch had contested from Azamgarh and Mainpuri and won both, but chose to retain Azamgarh to strengthen the party in eastern Uttar Pradesh. He vacated Mainpuri, which was then won in a by-poll by his grandson, Tej Pratap Yadav.