Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple filed nomination papers as a Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate from Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat on Monday as she looked to retain the constituency which fell vacant due to the demise of her father-in-law Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The bypolls for Mainpuri, considered a stronghold of SP, will be held on December 5 and the results will be declared on December 8.
Dimple, 44, looks to win the Lok Sabha seat which has been with the Samajwadi Party since 1996.
Elections in Mainpuri were necessitated after the death of SP patriarch, former CM and sitting MP Mulayam after a prolonged illness last month. He was elected to the lower house of parliament from Mainpuri in 2019.
The Election Commission of India declared by-election for the constituency on November 10. BJP has yet to declare its candidate for the Mainpuri bypolls.
However, Akhilesh’s disgruntled uncle Shivpal, who was seen with him during Mulayam’s funeral and rituals, was missing during Dimple’s nomination paper filing at the collectorate in Mainpuri.
Political observers believe that it will be an uphill task for Dimple to win Mainpuri, where the BJP had put up a tough fight against Mulayam in the last general elections. The SP patriarch had managed to register victory with a margin of just 94,000 votes when he fought the election in alliance with his arch-rival Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) of Mayawati.
Dimple Yadav has earlier served as a Lok Sabha member from Kannauj for two terms. She unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha elections from Firozabad in 2009.
In 2012, Akhilesh vacated his Kannauj seat for a legislative council seat and in the ensuing bypolls, Dimple was elected unopposed becoming the first female politician to achieve this feat.
There are five Assembly seats in the Mainpuri parliamentary constituency –Mainpuri, Kishni, Karhal, Bhongaon, and Jaswant Nagar. In the last Assembly polls that took place earlier this year, the Samajwadi Party won Karhal, Kishni and Jaswant Nagar seats, while the ruling BJP emerged victorious in Mainpuri and Bhogaon.