Voting will be held on December 5 for the by-elections to be held on one Lok Sabha and two assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh. In Mainpuri Lok Sabha and Rampur assembly seats, there is a contest between SP and BJP, while in Khatauli assembly seat, there is a direct fight between RLD and BJP. Akhilesh Yadav, who has so far stayed away from the by-election campaign, is appealing for his wife Dimple Yadav to win the Mainpuri seat. In such a situation, the question arises that will Akhilesh Yadav go to Rampur and Khatauli seats also for campaigning?
Has the Rampur seat been left to Azam
The by-election is being held on the Rampur seat due to SP’s veteran leader and Muslim face Azam Khan being sentenced to three years in the hate speech case. SP has fielded Asim Raza on Azam Khan’s seat, while BJP’s Akash Saxena is in the fray. Rampur has been the traditional seat of SP, where BJP has put full force to feed the lotus. Despite this, Akhilesh Yadav has not yet reached Rampur seat for campaigning, nor has any other big leader of SP been seen seeking votes.
At the same time, in the Rampur Lok Sabha by-election held recently, Akhilesh Yadav did not go for campaigning and left it on the trust of Azam Khan. The result of this was that the BJP was able to wrest the Rampur Lok Sabha seat from the hands of the SP. By-elections are now being held on Rampur assembly seat, even then Akhilesh Yadav and other big leaders of SP have not come down to campaign. In this way, SP has left the election of Rampur to Azam Khan, while on the other hand, all the big leaders of BJP are camping in Rampur and Muslim leaders of SP are joining BJP one after the other so that the lotus in Azam’s fort Can feed
Will Akhilesh follow coalition dharma in Khatauli?
The by-election on Khatauli assembly seat is being held due to the conviction of BJP MLA Vikram Saini. SP’s ally Madan Bhaiya is in the fray from RLD, while BJP has fielded Rajkumari Saini, wife of Vikram Saini. RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary has put full force in Khatauli, while BJP has also fielded its leaders in the campaign. For the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the Khatauli seat is being considered as a litmus test for western UP. In such a situation, it is in everyone’s mind whether Akhilesh Yadav will come to Khatauli to campaign for his ally RLD candidate Madan Bhaiya while following the coalition dharma?
Why is Akhilesh needed in Rampur-Khatauli
The by-elections of Rampur and Khatauli assembly seats are considered very important for the politics of Uttar Pradesh. The Khatauli seat has been held by the BJP, while the Rampur seat has been held by the SP. The way BJP’s winning streak continues after the 2022 elections, Akhilesh Yadav may prove to have a better chance of stopping that victory chariot of BJP in Khatauli and Rampur seats. The political equation of both the seats is also in favor of the SP alliance. The Yadav-Muslim combination is strong in Rampur seat and the Gujjar-Jat-Muslim combination is strong in Khatauli seat. In such a situation, joining the election campaign of Akhilesh Yadav can give political benefit to the alliance.
Akhilesh engaged in making Dimple win in Mainpuri
Akhilesh Yadav’s current focus is on the Mainpuri Lok Sabha by-election, from where his wife Dimple Yadav is contesting. Akhilesh may not have gone to Azamgarh to campaign for cousin Dharmendra Yadav, but when it came to his wife Dimple Yadav, he went to uncle Shivpal Yadav’s house to persuade him. Akhilesh Yadav has not only persuaded his uncle but is also going from village to village and door to door asking for votes for Dimple Yadav in Mainpuri because he knows that if he commits the mistake of Azamgarh and Rampur, he will lose Netaji’s workplace. It won’t take long.
Before the nomination of Dimple, where Akhilesh Yadav suddenly reached the houses of former MLAs Rameshwar Dayal Balmiki, Satish Singh Rathore and Vidyaram Yadav. At the same time, after reaching Shri Ekarsanand Ashram located in Punjabi Colony of the city, flowers were also offered at the tomb of Brahmalin Mahamandaleshwar Shardanand Saraswati. Rahul Jain and Mulayam Singh’s close aides also visited the residence of former MLC Subhash Yadav in Karhal. After this, the next day on November 15, Akhilesh Yadav had reached Katra without any prior program, where he met people in a school. Akhilesh along with uncle Shivpal and Rampogal Yadav are holding public meetings in different parts of Mainpuri Lok Sabha constituency and seeking votes in the name of Netaji.
Keeping distance from Rampur-Khatauli should not be costly
Akhilesh Yadav is raising the question of the opposition being selective regarding the election campaign in the by-elections, while there is suspense over his entry into the election campaign in Rampur and Khatauli seats. Whether Akhilesh Yadav will go to seek votes for RLD candidate in Rampur SP and Khatauli is a big question, because in June Azamgarh and Rampur did not reach for campaigning in the Lok Sabha by-elections. His cousin Dharmendra Yadav is contesting in Azamgarh, who was facing difficulties at every step.
In the by-election from Azamgarh, Mayawati fielded Muslim candidate Guddu Jamali as a strategy. In such a situation, when the pro-SP Muslim leaders of Azamgarh had sent a message to Akhilesh Yadav that it was necessary for him to visit the Muslim belt, it was ignored. When the result of the by-election came, Dharmendra Yadav had lost by 8679 votes. Similar situation happened in Rampur Lok Sabha seat and in Gola Gokarnath seat SP got 90 thousand votes while Akhilesh did not go for campaigning. This is the reason why everyone’s eyes are on Akhilesh Yadav’s campaign for Rampur assembly and Khatauli seat.