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UP Polls: SP Allots Tickets to At Least 10 More Muslim Candidates in Phase 2, But Silently

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav addresses a press conference at the party office in Lucknow, on January 18, 2022. (PTI Photo/Nand Kumar)

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav addresses a press conference at the party office in Lucknow, on January 18, 2022. (PTI Photo/Nand Kumar)

Uttar Pradesh elections 2022: The SP is not officially declaring candidate lists any more, but as mandated by the Election Commission, it has uploaded statements on its Muslim candidates who face criminal cases.

After giving tickets to 13 Muslims in Phase 1 seats in Uttar Pradesh elections 2022, the Samajwadi Party-RLD alliance has ‘silently’ allotted at least 10 more tickets to Muslims for Phase 2 of the polls, but has not officially declared them. Party sources said more Muslims could be allotted tickets in Phase 2 seats.

This comes after the BSP declared 23 tickets for Muslims for Phase 2 seats, taking the total count of tickets to Muslims to 40 for Mayawati’s party for the first two phases that involve 113 seats. So while the Samajwadi Party had given tickets to over 20% Muslim candidates for the first two phases of Uttar Pradesh elections, the BSP has given nearly 35% tickets to Muslims so far.

The Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party is not officially declaring candidate lists any more, but on Sunday it uploaded statements on 10 Muslim candidates for Phase 2 and one Muslim candidate for Phase 3 who face criminal cases. Parties are mandated to do that as per the Election Commission of India (EC) norms. These include Muslim candidates declared by Samajwadi Party from Amroha, Meerganj, Behat, Sishamau, Bhojipura, Baheri, Chamruha, Dhampur, Shahjahanpur, Chandpur and Thakurdwara seats.

“It is likely that on some other seats in Phase 2 as well, Muslim candidates will be declared by the SP-RLD alliance to take on the BSP move,” a senior SP leader told News18.com over phone from Lucknow.

Yogi Singling Out SP Candidates

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has started singling out candidates of the SP alliance for their “criminal and gangster history” and warned voters not to give another chance to the Samajwadi Party. Speaking in Ghaziabad on Sunday, the Chief Minister specifically named four candidates of the alliance from Kairana, Bulandshaher, Amroha and Loni, saying “candidates with history-sheets and gangster history” had been given tickets by the Samajwadi Party in western UP.

The SP has given Nahid Hasan a ticket from Kairana and he is presently in jail. The CM alleged that Hasan was responsible for migration of Hindu families from Kairana in the past. SP-RLD’s candidate from Bulandshaher is Mohd Yunus who faced a number of cases, and from Amroha, the SP has given a ticket to Mehboob Ali who also faced many criminal cases.

SP’s candidate from Meerganj, Sultan Baig, faces a case under the Gangsters Act as well. Naseer Ahmad Khan, who faced 29 cases of cheating and conspiracy, has got an SP ticket from Chamruha seat.

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