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'Ghar Wapsi' of Samajwadi Party Rebels Who Won in UP Municipal Elections

After BJP's stellar performance in the UP Municipal Elections, (which bagged 14 out of 16 Mayor posts), ex-chief minister of UP Akhilesh Yadav blamed EVMs for the debacle and demanded a thorough probe into the alleged EVM malfunctioning.

Qazi Faraz Ahmad | News18.com@qazifarazahmad

Updated:December 5, 2017, 4:27 PM IST
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'Ghar Wapsi' of Samajwadi Party Rebels Who Won in UP Municipal Elections
File image of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. (image: PTI)
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Lucknow: To strengthen party base in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections in 2019, the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) is trying its best to woo the rebels who abandoned SP and contested the recently concluded municipal corporation elections as independent candidates.

Speaking to ETV, Samajwadi Party Spokesperson, Rajendra Chowdhary said, "There are several party members who have registered victory in the Uttar Pradesh civic elections as as independent candidates. The party is thinking to re-induct these leaders. There are many such candidates who have given clear indication that they want to re-join Samajwadi Party. However, the final call in this regard will be taken by our national president Akhilesh Yadav."

Samajwadi Party managed to bag only 28 municipal councillor seats in state capital Lucknow while 18 rebels, who fought as independent candidates, came with flying colours in 110 seats. If these 18 rebels somehow decide to re-join the SP, it will definitely boost the party's morale. Samajwadi Party wants to approach these candidates before the BJP or any other political party lures them.

SP wants approach the winning municipal chairman, the Nagar Panchayat president and the councillors and to convince them to join the party. Although the final verdict on these rebels is to be made by Akhilesh Yadav, the party trying its best to bring the rebels back into the party fold.

After BJP's stellar performance in the UP Municipal Elections, (which bagged 14 out of 16 Mayor posts), ex-chief minister of UP Akhilesh Yadav blamed EVMs for the debacle and demanded a thorough probe into the alleged EVM malfunctioning.

"BJP has only won 15% seats in Ballot paper areas and 46% in EVM areas," the beleaguered leader tweeted, without citing any data.
| Edited by: Bijaya Das
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