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Dimple Yadav with her husband Akhilesh Yadav

UP Mainpuri by-election:The BJP has fielded Raghuraj Singh Shakya against Dimple Yadav, wife of SP leader Akhilesh Yadav, for the by-election to the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat in UP. The Mainpuri seat fell vacant after the death of former SP president and UP CM Mulayam Singh Yadav. Earlier it was believed that BJP would not field any candidates from this seat in honor of Mulayam Singh. But at the last minute BJP has made Raghuraj Singh Shakya its candidate.

Apart from UP, the BJP has also fixed the names of its candidates for the by-elections to be held in many assembly seats in Rajasthan, Bihar and Chhattisgarh. The BJP has fielded Ashokkumar Pincha from Rajasthan’s Sardar Shahar assembly seat, Kedar Prasad Gupta from Bihar’s Kurhani assembly seat and Brahmanand Netam from Chhattisgarh’s Bhanupratappur (ST) assembly seat. On the other hand, Rajkumari Saini has been nominated from Khatauli assembly seat for UP and Akash Saxena from Rampur. UP’s Rampur assembly seat recently fell vacant due to the cancellation of his assembly membership after the court convicted SP leader Azam Khan in the inflammatory speech case.

Eyes on Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat

The BJP has announced the names of candidates for the assembly by-elections in other states, including the by-election to the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat. But the eyes of the entire country are on the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat from where Akhilesh Yadav’s wife is contesting the seat of her father-in-law Mulayam Singh Yadav. BJP has fielded Raghuraj Singh Shakya from here under a special strategy. Let us tell you who is Raghuraj Singh Shakya?

Profile of Raghuraj Singh Shakya
Raghuraj Singh was the state vice president of Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Shivpal Yadav, brother of Shakya Mulay Singh. At the same time, in 1999 and 2004, he has been the Member of Parliament from the Sadar seat in Etawah on the Samajwadi Party ticket. He has also been the MLA from Etawah’s Sadar in 2012. He had joined hands with Shivpal Yadav after the split in SP before the 2017 assembly elections as Raghuraj Singh Shakya was very close to him. But he joined BJP in UP elections 2022. The Shakyas are originally from Etawah. His father Ram Singh Shakya has also been a former Member of Parliament.

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