Kanpur: In Uttar Pradesh, all eyes will be on the Karhal seat in the Yadav family stronghold Mainpuri from where Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav is contesting his first state elections.
The BJP has fielded Union Minister SP Singh Baghel against him. The SP has lost this seat just once since the party’s inception in 1992.
In the 2017 assembly elections, the BJP got 49 of these 59 seats while the Samajwadi Party won nine. The Congress won one seat and the Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) lost all seats. The seats voting today are located in the west, central and southern parts of Uttar Pradesh.
In Uttar Pradesh, other prominent candidates are SP chief’s uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav (Jaswantnagar), BJP’s Satish Mahana (Maharajpur in Kanpur), Ramveer Upadhayay (Sadabad in Hathras), Asim Arun (Kannauj Sadar) and Congress’ Louise Khurshid (Farrukhabad Sadar). Louise Khurshid is the wife of senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Salman Khurshid.