Rajnath files paper today, opposition yet to come up with a candidate against him

Lucknow: Home Minister Rajnath Singh files his nomination papers in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow today for the Lok Sabha elections, but he doesn’t have an opponent in sight.

The opposition is yet to declare a candidate against him pn the the prestigious seat which also has the legacy of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Lucknow is considered to be the citadel of the ruling BJP, which has held the seat since 1991. In such a scenario, it will be interesting to see the way the electoral battle in this constituency pans out.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Rajnath had defeated Rita Bahuguna Joshi by a margin of 5,61,106 votes. Joshi, who had then contested on Congress ticket, later joined the BJP in October 2016. She is now contesting election from Allahabad on BJP ticket.

The BJP has won the Lucknow seat continuously since 1991; Atal Bihari Vajpayee represented the constituency from 1991 to 2009, until he retreated from active politics.

In this election, the seat has gone to the Samajwadi Party’s quota following its “gathbandhan” or alliance with the BSP.

“We will make an announcement soon. On a seat like Lucknow, I am willing to take a risk. I want to look beyond the usual caste combination here. The question is whether it will work or not,” Samajwadi chief Akhilesh Yadav told the media last week on speculation that actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha’s wife Poonam Sinha could be his party’s candidate. Her name has not been announced by party yet.