Akhilesh Yadav today refused to confirm reports that he has decided to contest the Uttar Pradesh election for the first time. He was also evasive about the constituency he plans to fight from.
“I will seek the permission of the people of Azamgarh if I decide to contest the elections. I need to seek their permission because they elected me from there,” said the Samajwadi Party MP.
Sources say Akhilesh Yadav may fight the election but a seat has yet to be decided. He had earlier said he would not contest the polls and would prefer to focus on every seat in the state.
The Lok Sabha MP from Azamgarh in eastern Uttar Pradesh has never contested a state election.
Sources said the pressure was on the Samajwadi Party chief and former Chief Minister after the BJP’s Yogi Adityanath, the incumbent Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, decided to contest the state polls for the first time.
Yogi Adityanath is the BJP candidate in Gorakhpur Sadar in eastern UP and the ruling party expects big gains in this region by fielding the priest-politician, who is the head of the influential Gorakhpur Mutt.