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BJP fields ex-Cong leader against Sonia in Rae Bareli

Source: PTI
April 04, 2019 11:23 IST
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The Bharatiay Janata Party on Wednesday fielded local strongman Dinesh Pratap Singh against Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli and also named candidates who will taken on Samajwadi Party leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Singh Yadav.

IMAGE: Former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi during the release of party's manifesto for Lok Sabha polls 2019 in New Delhi on April 02, 2019. Photograph: Shahbaz Khan/PTI Photo

Dinesh Pratap Singh, who was elected to the state legislative council for the second time in 2016 and left the Congress last year, is pitted against UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on a seat held by her since 2004.

In Azamgarh, Bhojpuri singer Dinesh Lal Yadav will contest against former chief minister and SP president Akhilesh Yadav. Known as Nirauha among his supporters, the 40-year-old is also an actor and a television presenter.


Prem Singh Shakya has been named the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate for Mainpuri Lok Sabha constituency, from where SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav will contest.

Chandra Sen Jadun is the BJP candidate from Firozabad, from where the SP patriarch's brother Shivpal Singh Yadav, who broke away from the parent party to set up the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia, is contesting.

SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav's son Akshay Yadav is also contesting from Firozabad.

The BJP has named V P Saroj as its candidate from Machhlishahr (SC), replacing sitting MP Ram Charitra Nishad.

Meanwhile, two-time Congress MLA from Tiloi assembly constituency, which comes under the Amethi parliamentary seat, joined the BJP on Wednesday.

Former Bahujan Samaj Party MP from Kaushambi, Suresh Pasi, also joined the party in the presence of UP BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey, a statement said.

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