Today, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has filed his nomination papers in Lucknow for the Lok Sabha election though he doesn’t have a rival. The opposition is yet to announce their candidate against him. It has raised a question of whether he will achieve an easy victory over the prestigious seat. There are only two days left for the nomination and the election is going to take place on May 6.
In 2009 Lok Sabha election, Rajnath Singh won from western UP’s Ghaziabad but he moved to Lucknow for the 2014 polls. Before filing the papers, he will also lead roadshow to the office of the district magistrate. Rajnath Singh tweets:
As per sources, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was to join him but it will not be possible because of the 72-hour ban over him by Election Commission for his controversial remark. The deputies of Yogi Adityanath will join the Home Minister.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, UP minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi with the Congress was defeated by Rajnath Singh. Rajnath Singh got 5,60,000 votes while his biggest competitor managed to have 2,80,000 votes. Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was in the third position while the Samajwadi Party of Akhilesh Yadav was fourth.
Seeking the support of the people, today morning the Union Minister has tweeted, “support and blessings of the people to continue working for them and realize Shri Atalji’s dream of making Lucknow a world-class city.”
Since 1991, BJP has secured the Lucknow seat continuously. After the Samajwadi Party has “gathbandhan” or alliance with the BSP the seat has gone to them. Last week, Samajwadi chief Akhilesh Yadav told the reporters that Shatrughan Sinha’s wife Poonam Sinha could be his party’s candidate though her name has not been announced yet officially. “We will make an announcement soon. On a seat like Lucknow, I am willing to take a risk. I want to look beyond the usual caste combination here. The question is whether it will work or not,” Mr. Yadav stated.