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Union Minister Rajnath Singh Files Poll Papers In Lucknow
Rajnath Singh, the Union Home Minister files his nomination papers in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow today for the Lok Sabha polls.
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- April 16, 2019 12:53 IST
Union Minister Rajnath Singh To File Poll Papers In Lucknow
New Delhi: Rajnath Singh, the Union Home Minister files his nomination papers in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow today for the Lok Sabha polls. The Union Minister doesn't have a rival in his sight as the opposition is yet to come up with a candidate against him. The Poll nominations, for the capital of Uttar Pradesh, close in two days. The voting in Lucknow will take place on May 6
The Union Home Minister won the 2009 Lok Sabha polls from western UP's Ghaziabad. However, he shifted to Lucknow for the 2014 polls. Before filing the nomination, will lead a roadshow to the office of the district magistrate.
Rajnath Singh tweets:
Today I will file my nomination papers from Lucknow parliamentary constituency. I seek the support and blessings of the people to continue working for them and realise Shri Atalji’s dream of making Lucknow a world class city.— Chowkidar Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) April 16, 2019
Initially, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath was accompanying the Union Minister 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 Bhartiya Janata Party has won the Lucknow seat continuously since 1991; Atal Bihari Vajpayee represented the constituency from 1991 to 2009, until he retreated from active politics.
Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav said that, "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," last week on speculation that actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha's wife Poonam Sinha could be his party's candidate. Her name has not been announced by party yet.
The actor-turned-politician, Shatrughan Sinha quit the BJP, his party of three decades, recently and joined the Congress.
No candidate has been announced by the Congress for 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.