Lucknow: All the political parties have started preparations for upcoming bye-election on Rampur Lok Sabha seats, which is to be held on 23 June. The nomination process has also started for the same, but no party has declared its candidate yet. Meanwhile, BJP leader Sandeep Aggarwal Soni who is also the national president of the industry business delegation (BJP), has challenged SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav.
Speaking to the media recently, he had said, “If the national leadership of BJP gives me ticket, then the election will be fought with full might. Any candidate of Samajwadi Party, be it Akhilesh Yadav or Dharmendra Yadav, whoever comes in the fray, will be defeated100 percent. Soni claimed that by defeating Rampur by about two to two and a half lakh votes, he would send and hoist the flag of BJP.
“The reason for this is that we have fought for the people, trader society and people of Rampur for 32 years. I have supported them in every difficult time. It is our mission to set up industries to fight with the unemployment that the local leaders and past governments have created.”Sandeep Aggarwal Soni
The bypolls on the Rampur parliamentary seat were announced after the resignation of SP leader Azam Khan. The BJP is also gearing up to give a tough fight to SP, it has announced the names of its candidates for a total of 22 seats for the Rajya Sabha, which does not include the name of Muslim leader including Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. In such a situation, now the possibilities of Naqvi contesting the Lok Sabha by-election from Rampur cannot be ruled out.
Earlier on Wednesday, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav met MLA Azam Khan at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi. This was the first meeting between the two leaders since Azam Khan was released from jail. The meeting between the two lasted for more than three hours. Sources suggest, there was also discussion between the two leaders regarding the bye-elections in Rampur.