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BSP releases first list of 11 candidates for Lok Sabha election

Kunwar Danish Ali, who recently quit Janta Dal-Secular to join BSP, has been fielded from Amroha while party MLA Ruchi Veera will contest from Anola. 

BSP releases first list of 11 candidates for Lok Sabha election
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New Delhi: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Friday announced its first list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha election in Uttar Pradesh. The list contains names of 11 candidates who will be contesting the elections. 

Kunwar Danish Ali, who recently quit Janta Dal-Secular to join BSP, has been fielded from Amroha while party MLA Ruchi Veera will contest from Anola. 

Haji Fajlur Rahman: Saharanpur
Maluk Nagar: Bijnaur
Girish Chandra: Nagina
Kunwar Danish Ali: Amroha
Haji Mohammad Yakub: Meerut
Satbir Nagar: Gautambudhnagar
Yogesh Verma: Bulandshahr
Ajit Baliyan: Aligadh
Manoj Kumar Soni: Agra
Rajvir Singh: Fatehpur Sikri
Ruchi Veera: Anola

Earlier today, the party had released a list of 20 star campaigners which also featured the name of BSP supremo Mayawati's nephew Aakash Anand. Aakash who has been seen with Mayawati at some public event, has been given the task to connect youngsters with the party dominated by Dalits.

Other prominent names in the list include Mayawati, Satish Chandra Mishra, RS Kushwaha, Raj Kumar Gautam, Naresh Gautam, Shamsuddin Rain, Kamal Singh Raj, Murari Lal Kein, Dinesh Kazipur, Ranvijay Singh and Janeshwar Prasad.

Earlier on Wednesday, BSP chief Mayawati had announced that she will not contest Lok Sabha elections so as to be able to campaign effectively across the country. She also indicated that her decision did not mean she was ruling herself out of the post-poll Prime Ministerial sweepstakes.

The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, asking her party workers not to be disheartened, said that she had decided not to contest the Lok Sabha election as it will better serve the interests of the party, the movement, the people and the country.

Her BSP, Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal are fighting the Lok Sabha polls together in Uttar Pradesh.

Uttar Pradesh has the largest number of Lok Sabha seats at 80 and will go to polls in seven phases. In the first phase, eight constituencies will vote on April 11, in phase two, voting will be held on eight seats on April 18. In the third phase, ten constituencies will vote on April 23 and in fourth, 13 constituencies will vote on April 29. On May 6, in the fifth phase, 14 seats will vote and on May 12 14 seats will vote. In the seventh and the last phase, 13 seats will vote on May 19.