- Samajwadi Party chief says will contest from Kannauj in 2019
- Samajwadi Party lost to BJP in Kannauj in 2017 civic body elections
- Akhilesh Yadav says Adityanath government "failing on all fronts"
Kannauj will be a crucial test for the Samajwadi Party in the backdrop of 2017 assembly elections in UP when the party had lost two of the three seats in the Lok Sabha constituency to the BJP while it won the Kannauj city seat by a meagre 2,000 votes. To make matters worse, the Samajwadi Party lost all the three Nagar Palika chairman seats and all five Nagar Panchayat chairman seats to BJP in the recent civic polls held in November 2017.
Akhilesh Yadav has represented Kannauj thrice in the Lok Sabha before giving up the seat after becoming chief minister in 2012. Speaking about the current BJP regime in the Uttar Pradesh, the SP chief charged the Yogi Adityanath government with "failing" on all fronts. "There is no law and order in the state. The incident of dacoity in Kakori, on outskirts of Lucknow, has exposed the tall claims of the UP government on the law and order front," he said. "Kakori, which was once known for freedom fighters who gave their lives for the country, is now becoming a crime capital," he said. Four freedom fighters, Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqullah Khan, Rajendra Lahiri and Thakur Roshan Singh, were hanged on December 19, 1927, for the Kakori conspiracy against the British.
Akhilesh Yadav accused the UP police of inflicting atrocities on the people and said only the Samajwadi ideology can fight for the people. "The BJP divides the society while Samajwadis unite," he said.
With inputs from agencies