Lok Sabha Election 2019: Setback for BJP in UP as Prayagraj MP Shyama Charan Gupta joins Samajwadi party

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Published: March 16, 2019 3:41:22 PM

The SP has so far announced the names of 17 candidates of its quota of 37 seats following its alliance with the BSP.

In 2014, Gupta had won the Allahabad seat on a BJP ticket.

The Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Prayagraj, Shyama Charan Gupta, on Saturday quit the saffron party and joined the Samajwadi Party. The veteran leader will now contest from Banda parliamentary constituency of Uttar Pradesh on SP ticket.

Gupta had contested Lok Sabha poll from Banda on Samajwadi Party ticket in 1999 but lost to Bahujan Samaj Party candidate. Later he won from Banda in 2004. In 2014, Gupta had won the Allahabad seat on a BJP ticket.

A party release issued said that Gupta will be contesting from Banda seat in the Bundelkhand region of the state.

The party had on Friday declared five candidates for the Lok Sabha polls, which included sitting MP Tabassum Hasan from Kairana and Surendra Kumar alias Munni Sharma from Ghaziabad seat.

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The SP has so far announced the names of 17 candidates of its quota of 37 seats following its alliance with the BSP.

Of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state, the SP will contest in 37 and the BSP in 38, leaving three for the Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).

The alliance has not fielded any candidate in Rae Bareli and Amethi from where Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will contest respectively.

SP president Akhilesh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati will hold 11 joint rallies, including one in Mainpuri where SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav is contesting polls, starting April 7 till May 16.

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