Dimple files nomination, plays 'bahu' card; Cong, BJP not to contest
Kannauj/New Delhi: Dimple Yadav, wife of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, on Tuesday filed her nomination for the Lok Sabha by-election from Kannauj where Congress decided not to enter the fray, reflecting the growing bonhomie between the two parties ahead of Presidential poll.
35-year-old Dimple, who suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Congress' Raj Babbar in the bypolls for the Firozabad Lok Sabha seat in 2009, may have a smooth run in the June 24 election in view of the fact BJP has also decided not to put up its candidate and the BSP still undecided.
Accompanied by her husband, Dimple, filed the papers before the returning officer after both of them addressed a rally.
Seeing a buffer in SP, which provides outside support to the UPA government, Congress is keen to covet the party's 68,000 vote value in the Presidential election as a quid pro quo.
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh, however, sought to disguise the party strategy saying, "we had not contested the seat in the 2009 Lok Sabha election and we are not contesting it now."
The Kannauj by-election has been necessitated following the resignation of Akhilesh Yadav after his election to the Legislative Council.
However, what is surprising is the decision of BJP not to enter the fray in Kannauj and the BSP keeping the suspense about its strategy.
At the meeting of BJP election Committe here, it was decided not to contest Kannauj bye-polls claiming that party's priority was local bodies elections in which it was focussing.
The meeting charied by party state president, Lakshimkant Mishra in presence of Kalraj Mishra, Lalji Tondon and other leaders, it was unanimously decided not to contest Kannauj byepolls.
BSP said that it has not yet decided whether to field
candidate against SP nominee Dimple Yadav in Kannauj or not.
"The party's national president (Mayawati) has not yet decided whether to field candidate against Dimple Yadav or not", BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya told reporters here.
When asked whether BSP would give walkover to SP by not fielding canddiate, Maurya said that it would be decided by central leadership.
With major political parties deciding not to field candidates, Akhilesh said that it was their own decision.
"It's the decision of the political parties and those who are supporting SP or are helping it somewhere should be welcomed," he said.
He said that still a day was left for the nomination and other parties may filed candidates.
Dimple, an MCA degree holder, promised to work honestly for development of the constituency.
Attacking the BSP, Dimple said due to its "corrupt" practices the previous government had put the state on backward track and made the people of the country "ashamed".
"I want to seek blessing of the people who have earlier trusted netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) and Akhilesh. I am your beti (daughter), sister and bhabhi (sister-in-law), you should take poll campaign in your hand and make me victorious", she said.
"SP has no difference in its words and actions. We do what we say and development will remain our agenda", she said.
Asked whether she feels that the Kannauj by-election will be easier as compared to the Firozabad experience, she said, "It appears to be".
Talking to reporters, Dimple said she would work hard to come up to the expectations of the people of the constituency.
Earlier addressing a rally along with his wife, the Chief Minister said he would try to change the face of the state in the next five years.
"You all have seen the state budget. We have fulfilled promises made in the party manifesto in about three months time. Our government will change the face of the state in the remaining time. I am confident that people will give us another chance after five years", he said.