The stage is set for a direct contest between Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bhojpuri singer-actor Dinesh Lal Yadav popularly known as “Nirahua” in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday announced “Nirahua” would be its candidate against the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.
“I was asked to contest by UP CM Yogi Adityanath ji. I am ready,” Nirahua told a news channel.
Bhojpuri cinema’s top four leading stars – Manoj Tiwary, Pawan Singh, Ravi Kishan (formerly with Congress) and Dinesh Lal Yadav ‘Nirahua’, who helped the regional film industry survive and thrive are now part of the saffron brigade.
Samajwadi Party (SP) is in alliance with Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha elections.
In 2014, then SP chief Mulayam Yadav had won the seat defeating BJP’s Ramakant Yadav. He also won the Mainpuri seat in 2014 but later resigned from it to retain Azamgarh.
In 2017 Assembly elections, the BJP had swept the state but had failed to wrest Azamgarh. The SP had managed to secure three assembly seats while the BSP had cornered the remaining two.