Akhilesh gets into LS poll groove, meets Kan­nauj unit

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Uttarpradesh - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

LUC­KNOW: Sa­ma­jwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Ya­dav on Thursday be­gan his party’s dis­trict­wise prepa­ra­tion for the Lok Sabha polls by hold­ing a meet­ing with the party’s Kan­nauj unit.

Ad­dress­ing party work­ers, Akhilesh re­it­er­ated he will con­test from Kan­nauj and party pa­tri­arch Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav will be fielded from Main­puri.

Kan­nauj is the Lok Sabha con­stituency of Akhilesh’s wife Dimple Ya­dav at present.

He said the op­po­si­tion had charged the SP with dy­nas­tic pol­i­tics and thus Dimple Ya­dav will not con­test the elec­tion this time.

Akhilesh was elected to the Lok Sabha from Kan­nauj three times in a row. He va­cated the


seat af­ter he took over as the chief min­is­ter in 2012 and en­tered the up­per house of the UP leg­is­la­ture. Mu­layam was elected to the Lok Sabha from Main­puri four times since 1996. He va­cated the seat and re­tained Aza­m­garh in 2014. Mu­layam had also va­cated Main­puri in 2004, when he be­came the UP chief min­is­ter for the third time.

Then, his nephew Dhar­men­dra Ya­dav won the seat in the by­polls.

Re­ply­ing to a re­porters’ ques­tions, the SP chief said, “With whoso­ever our al­liance is firmed up, the party work­ers will en­sure our vic­tory and the BJP’s de­feat.”

Ad­dress­ing the party’s Kan­nauj out­fit, Akhilesh said the party must be­ware of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayam­se­vak Sangh (RSS) as they were adept in di­vert­ing pub­lic at­ten­tion from real is­sues. They could sully any­one’s im­age by en­gag­ing in pro­pa­ganda, he said.

“Not just this. Now, there is the dan­ger about them (BJP and RSS) mis­us­ing tech­nol­ogy, es­pe­cially, Facebook, What­sApp, to spread lies. ‘Dig­i­tal In­dia’ could be de­ployed to re­sort to char­ac­ter as­sas­si­na­tion of op­po­si­tion lead­ers,” he said.

Akhilesh asked the Kan­nauj out­fit to brace for the elec­tions to de­feat the BJP. This was the first meet­ing of a dis­trict unit that Akhilesh held and more are lined up in the days to come.

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