Dimple Yadav to contest Kannauj LS bypoll

Dimple Yadav, wife of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, will contest the Kannauj Lok Sabha by election as a Samajwadi Party candidate. "As per the wish of the party workers, the central parliamentary board of the party has decided that Dimple Yadav will contest the by-election for Kannauj seat," SP national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav announce in Lucknow. Akhilesh Yadav had contested from the Firozabad and Kannauj seat in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls and won from both the places. He subsequently gave up the Firozabad seat to retain Kannauj. Dimple had contested the Firozabad by-election in 2009, but lost to Congress candidate Raj Babbar.
Dimple Yadav was doing the rounds ever since Akhilesh Yadav quit the parliamentary constituency when he became the chief minister, but party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav wanted "due process" to be followed to avoid the charge of promoting the family. Mother of three, Dimple Yadav is known to have keen interest in politics, and she was instrumental in keeping her husband abreast of the latest developments as he toured the state in the run-up to the assembly elections. Kannauj has once been represented by Mulayam Singh Yadav also. Known for its fledgling perfume industry and paan masala production, Kannauj is bound by Kanpur on one side and Mainpuri (Lok Sabha seat held by Mulayam Singh Yadav) on the other. It is predominantly a Yadav bastion and considered a safe seat for the Samajwadi Party


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