As BJP's Rajnath Singh Files Poll Papers In Lucknow, No Rival Yet

Lok Sabha Election 2019: The Congress has also not announced a candidate from Lucknow, the capital of the 80-seat state, Uttar Pradesh, against Union Minster Rajnath Singh.

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Rajnath Singh led a roadshow before filing his nomination from Lucknow


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Highlights

  1. Rajnath Singh won 2009 Lok Sabha polls from western UP's Ghaziabad
  2. He shifted to Lucknow for the 2014 general elections
  3. BJP has won the Lucknow seat continuously since 1991

Home Minister Rajnath Singh filed his nomination papers in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow today for the Lok Sabha polls, but he doesn't have a rival in sight. The opposition is yet to come up with a candidate against him, which begs the question whether the former BJP president, who is seeking re-election from Lucknow, will have a walkover on the prestigious seat held in the past by stalwarts like former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Nominations close in two days for Lucknow, where voting will take place on May 6.

Rajnath Singh won the 2009 Lok Sabha polls from western UP's Ghaziabad but shifted to Lucknow for the 2014 polls. He led a roadshow to the office of the district magistrate before filing his papers. The He had earlier tweeted:

The plan was for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to accompany him, but a 72-hour Election Commission ban on him over a controversial speech means his deputies will join the Home Minister instead.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, UP minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi, then with the Congress, was Rajnath Singh's biggest challenger. She managed about 2,80,000 votes to Rajnath Singh's 5,60,000. Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) came third while the Samajwadi Party of Akhilesh Yadav was fourth.

The Union Minister tweeted this morning that he seeks "support and blessings of the people to continue working for them and realise Shri Atalji's dream of making Lucknow a world class city."
 

The BJP has won the Lucknow seat continuously since 1991; Atal Bihari Vajpayee represented the constituency from 1991 to 2004, until he retreated from active politics.

In this election, the seat has gone to the Samajwadi Party's quota following its "gathbandhan" or alliance with the BSP. "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," Samajwadi chief Akhilesh Yadav told the media last week on speculation that actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha's wife Poonam Sinha could be his party's candidate. She joined the party today.

Shatrughan Sinha quit the BJP, his party of three decades, recently and joined the Congress.

The Congress has also not announced a candidate from the capital of the 80-seat state, where it is attempting a revival by bringing in heavy-duty leaders like Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia to lead its campaign.



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