The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party made changes on two seats each in the Agra district. While the situation remained tricky on the Mant seat of Mathura where both RLD and SP candidates filed nominations.
Agra Even as the nomination process draws close to its end on Friday, political parties continue to have changes of mind regarding candidates.
Shabeer Abbas, the Congressman in Agra, a surprise inclusion in the BSP on Wednesday, and he declared candidate for Agra North. Abbas replaced Murari Lal Goyal, who is a Vaishya. The Vaishya community dominates Agra North.
Another change came on the Etmadpur seat where former Zila Panchayat president from BJP Rakesh Baghel named BSP candidate replacing Sarvesh Baghel.
The Samajwadi Party replaced Rajesh Sharma, candidate for Fatehabad assembly seat, by Rupali Dixit, daughter of heavyweight politician Ashok Dixit.
The SP also encashed the anger prevailing among the dominating Agarwal community denied tickets by the BJP in Agra. The party replaced Rizwanuddin ‘Prince’ in Agra South with Vinay Agarwal from the Vaishya Mahasabha, confirmed SP city unit president Wajid Nisar.
However, confusion prevailed over the SP-RLD candidate from the Mant assembly seat in Mathura. Yogesh Nauwahar, the runner-up of the 2017 assembly elections had already filed nomination as an SP-RLD candidate. But when Sanjay Lathar, former MLA and confidant of SP president Akhilesh Yadav, filed his papers on Thursday.
Sanjay Lathar had contested the by-election as SP candidate from Mant seat in 2012.
Mant assembly seat in Mathura was in focus after BJP leader SK Sharma was denied the ticket. He broke into tears at a press conference and later joined the BSP. They declared a candidate from the Mathura Vrindavan assembly seat.
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