In Mainpuri, the seat that fell vacant following the demise of SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, party candidate Dimple Yadav, wife of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, defeated BJP’s Raghuraj Singh Shakya by a margin of over 2.88 lakh votes. Her winning margin was strikingly much higher than even Mulayam who had defeated BJP’s Prem Singh Shakya by a margin of 94,000 votes in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The victory was crucial for the Samajwadi Party which banked heavily on “sympathy factor” generated after Mulayam’s death. The SP, unsurprisingly, harped on Mulayam’s legacy and turned the contest as a “tribute” to the SP founder – a move that paid well. The win was vital for Dimple who had lost from Kannauj in the 2019 general elections, despite the SP forging an alliance with the BSP.
Dimple, who was elected unopposed from Kannauj in 2012 bypolls, had earlier lost to Congress‘s Raj Babbar in Firozabad in 2009 bypolls.
Akhilesh Yadav tweeted a picture of him presenting the SP flag to Shivpal and wrote that coming together of SP and PSP-L will provide amore cordial and creative atmosphere and add strength to the socialist movement in a big way. The photograph was also tweeted by Shivpal and Aditya.
The development came shortly after SP candidate Dimple Yadav won the Mainpuri Lok Sabha bypoll by a margin of over 2 lakh votes, of which a lead of over one lakh votes came from Shivpal’s assembly constituency of Jaswantnagar.
Jaswantnagar has traditionally contributed maximum lead in SP’s victory in Mainpuri parliamentary elections. In the previous general elections, Mulayam had secured a lead of over 90,000 votes from here.
Amid ups and downs in their relations, ‘chacha Shivpal had joined hands with ‘bhatija’ Akhilesh to ensure Dimple’s win in the bypoll necessitated after the demise of SP founderMulayam Singh Yadav.
Akhilesh and Shivpal had been at loggerheads after the 2022 assembly results but came together in the run up to the Mainpuri bypoll. It all started on November 17 when Akhilesh and Dimple Yadav called on chacha Shivpal at his Saifai residence. Akhilesh had tweeted a picture of the meeting saying: “Along with the blessings of ‘Netaji’ and elders of the family, the people of Mainpuri are also with us”. Shivpal Yadav had also shared a picture of the meeting.
The next day Shivpal addressed a meeting of his supporters where he announced all out support for Dimple. Later, Shivpal said his bahu (Dimple) was contesting elections and had sought his blessings. “Who can say no to his bahu” he said and called on the electorate to ensure Dimple’s victory.
The duo had earlier patched up and come together in the run up to the 2022 assembly polls but parted ways soon after the election results were announced with Shivpal accusing the SP of not according him due respect.