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UP elections: SP changes Jagdishpur candidate for third time

This is the third time that SP has changed its Jagdishpur candidate.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow |
December 14, 2016 12:45:12 am

A DAY after Ajit Prasad was replaced as the SP candidate from Jagdishpur Assembly seat in Amethi, party state president Shivpal Yadav on Tuesday reinstated him as the nominee from the seat for the 2017 polls.

This is the third time that SP has changed its Jagdishpur candidate.

On Monday, Shivpal had replaced Ajit Prasad, son of Cabinet minister Awadhesh Prasad, with zila panchayat member Vimlesh Pasi. The minister went on to meet Shivpal at the party office on Tuesday, when he reportedly to requested that his son’s candidature be reconsidered. Later in the day, Ajit was reinstated as the candidate. Despite repeated attempts, Awadhesh Prasad was not available for comment.

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In March, SP had announced Vijay Pasi, a zila panchayat member, as the Jagdishpur candidate. In October, Ajit Prasad replaced him. On Monday, Prasad was replaced with Vimlesh, who had joined SP after leaving Congress.

When contacted, Vimlesh said she was not informed before her candidature was cancelled. “I am in a better position to contest than Ajit, whose father is an MLA from Milkipur seat in Faizabad. I will urge the party to conduct a survey before deciding on the candidate. I am sure I am in better position when compared to others. I am local while Ajit is an outsider,” she added.

Jagdishpur is a reserved constituency and is currently held by Congress’ Radhe Shyam. The SP has till now declared candidates for 175 seats.

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