The Yadav family in Uttar Pradesh is now facing trouble from within. If sources are to be believed, all is not going well in the family and that is the reason why Samajwadi chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and SP President Akhilesh Yadav did not campaign in Azamgarh by-election, while both have captured this seat in the past.
Akhilesh’s cousin Dharmendra Yadav is contesting from this seat and is being challenged by Dinesh Lal Yadav Nirhua of BJP and Gud Jamali of BSP.
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Speaking to IANS on condition of anonymity, a senior party leader said, “I do not understand why Akhilesh did not campaign in Azamgarh despite winning the seat in 2019. He should have focused on the campaign because This by-election is one which is a prestige issue for us.”
Party sources say that there is no valid reason for Akhilesh not to campaign in his former constituency and that too when his own cousins are candidates.
A party functionary said, “It is a clear sign that all is not well in the family. The rift that broke out after Aparna Yadav joined the BJP earlier this year is increasing day by day.”
The family is also facing trouble as Akhilesh’s estranged uncle Shivpal Yadav has now started speaking out against his nephew and is determined to strengthen his party (Pragatigal Samajwadi Party Lohia), which means he Will be out of SP as soon as possible.
On Tuesday, when most of the party people expected Akhilesh to go to Azamgarh as it is the last day of campaigning, the SP chief chose to go to Kannauj instead.
Surprisingly, senior SP leader Mohammad Azam Khan is not only campaigning vigorously in his constituency Rampur but has also campaigned for Dharmendra Yadav in Azamgarh.
Sources said that Azam Khan has kept his health issues aside and is making every effort to ensure that the party retains the Rampur seat, which is a matter of prestige for him.
Azam Khan’s aide Asim Raja is the party’s candidate from Rampur.
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