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Former Politicians in Uttar Pradesh Want To See How Their Wards Do At The Polls

With some Uttar Pradesh political heavyweights no longer on the scene, it will be interesting to see how their children do at the hustings this time around without their imposing presence. Former Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Ajit Singh, BJP leader Lalji Tandon, and Samajwadi Party leaders Amar Singh and Beni Prasad Verma have all praised the state’s politics over the years and will be missed in the high-stakes assembly elections scheduled for February 10 to March 7.

They’ve all passed away in the previous two years. Due to ill health, Mulayam Singh Yadav, the patriarch of the Samajwadi Party, has mostly avoided electoral politics and is rarely seen in public.

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“These stalwarts’ actions and words had political ramifications, and adversaries kept a close eye on them as they devised their approach. However, these stalwarts will be physically absent from the polling booth this time, and the people in Uttar Pradesh will miss them. It will now be up to the following generation to show themselves in their absence “J P Shukla, a political analyst, stated. These leaders have the ability to affect people and communities, as well as change political alignments.
Kalyan Singh, a BJP leader and Hindutva poster boy who died on August 21, 2021, was able to unite non-Yadav OBC castes in the state for his party. His “blessings” ensured the win of his grandson Sandeep Singh in the 2017 assembly election from the Atrauli seat in Aligarh district, thanks to his strong presence and acceptance in western Uttar Pradesh. Rajveer Singh, Kalyan Singh’s son, is a BJP MP from the Etah constituency.

The fall of the Babri mosque in 1992, and Kalyan Singh’s resignation as chief minister as a result of his moral culpability, was a watershed moment in his life. His death has been described as a major setback for the BJP. “Kalyanji was one of the party’s most senior leaders. His absence will undoubtedly be felt in the election. However, the party is with him and his family, and has already declared a ticket for his grandson Sandeep, ensuring his win “According to a BJP official.

UP Assembely Election
UP Assembely Election

It will be Jayant Chaudhary’s first election as the leader of the RLD without his father, former Union minister Ajit Singh, who died on May 6, 2020. Even though Ajit Singh lost both the 2014 and 2019 parliamentary elections, his control over the Jats in the state’s western part was appreciated by even his opponents.

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“Ajit Singh ji is respected by the people of West UP. They would do him tribute this time by putting Jayant Chaudhary in charge and ensuring that the next government is formed with SP. In the region, there is an RLD craze “Anil Dubey, the RLD’s national secretary, told PTI. This time, the RLD has formed an alliance with the Samajwadi Party.

Former Bihar governor Lalji Tandon, a key BJP face in Lucknow and previously regarded close to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, would also be absent this election. He died on July 21, 2020, and his son Ashutosh Tandon, a minister in Yogi Adityanath’s ministry, will be forced to run for office in his place. The baton has now been passed to Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s son, in the Samajwadi Party.
Mulayam Singh Yadav is essentially indisposed due to health problems. “Netaji (Mulayam) visits us at the party office on a regular basis to advise us. The party will create the next government under Akhileshji’s leadership with his teaching and direction “Rajpal Kashyap, an SP MLC, stated. Amar Singh and Beni Prasad Verma, the party’s leaders, will also be missed. Singh died on August 1, 2020, while Verma died on March 27, the following year.

Akhilesh yadav
Akhilesh yadav

Amar Singh allied with Akhilesh Yadav’s uncle Shivpal Yadav during the Samajwadi Party’s fierce power battle before the 2017 assembly elections, and the fight proceeded to the Election Commission. Akhilesh Yadav eventually won the battle and the party symbol. In 2009, Beni Prasad Verma left the SP, but returned in 2016 and was elected to the Rajya Sabha. Rakesh Verma, his son, is involved in politics and is a potential SP contender from Barabanki. Akhilesh Singh, a veteran and well-known face of Raebareli, died on August 20, 2019.

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Aditi Singh, his daughter, is continuing on his political legacy in his absence. Aditi Singh, who defected from the Congress to join the BJP, is presently the assembly member for Raebareli Sadar. Akhilesh Singh, a five-term MLA, was known as the “Robin Hood of Rae Bareli” by a huge number of the town’s citizens.

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