In its initial list of 16 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party (SP) strategically features prominent family names, with Dimple Yadav, wife of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, contesting from the party stronghold of Mainpuri. The family-centric list also includes Akhilesh’s cousins Dharmendra Yadav and Akshay Yadav.

Familial Presence in Key Constituencies

Dimple Yadav, who secured the Mainpuri seat in a bypoll after Mulayam Singh Yadav’s demise, represents a significant political legacy. Dharmendra Yadav, contesting from Badaun, and Akshay Yadav, contesting from Firozabad, add to the familial presence in key constituencies.

Strategic Choices in Other Seats

The SP has strategically chosen candidates for crucial constituencies, such as Bhojpuri actress Kajal Nishad for Gorakhpur, a stronghold of Yogi Adityanath. For Faizabad, encompassing Ayodhya, the party selected 77-year-old Awadhesh Prasad, a nine-time MLA and close aide of the Yadav family, bringing a Dalit face into play.

Notable Candidate Selections

  • Shafiqur Rahman Barq, the sitting MP, continues to represent Sambhal.
  • Former Congress leader Annu Tandon, now with SP, will contest from Unnao.
  • Ravidas Mehrotra, an ally of the Yadav family and Lucknow Central MLA, secured the ticket for the Lucknow Lok Sabha constituency.
  • Katheri MLA Lalji Verma, previously with the BSP, will represent Ambedkar Nagar under the SP banner.

Seat-Sharing Talks and Strategy

While seat-sharing talks with the Congress are underway, the SP’s proactive announcement of candidates, including family members, indicates a readiness to move forward with the election strategy. Akhilesh Yadav’s offer of 11 seats to the Congress out of 80 in the state showcases the dynamics of alliance discussions.


The SP’s emphasis on family names in key constituencies, along with strategic candidate selections, sets the stage for a closely watched electoral battle in Uttar Pradesh. The party’s early list release suggests a proactive approach, while the evolving dynamics with the Congress in seat-sharing negotiations add complexity to the political landscape.

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