Samajwadi party leader Akhilesh Yadav is not sending his ally Jayant Chaudhary to the Rajya Sabha on his party ticket, sources said today. Of the three upper house seats the party has, nominations for two have already been filed. Former Union Minister Kapil Sibal, who revealed today that he has quit the Congress party, has filed his candidacy as an independent candidate backed by the Samajwadi party. Javed Ali Khan also filed his party candidacy.
The third seat could go to party leader Dimple Yadav, who is also the wife of Akhilesh Yadav.
Sources say Mr Yadav promised to send Jayant Chaudhary to the Rajya Sabha. Mr Yadav wanted him in the upper house under the Samajwadi party banner, but Mr Chaudhary insisted on being a candidate for his own Rashtriya Lok Dal party with the backing of the Samajwadi party.
The Samajwadi party’s decision to back Mr Sibal is seen as quid pro quo after his efforts as a lawyer for party MP Azam Khan.
Mr. Sibal had represented Azam Khan in the Supreme Court. Azam Khan was released on bail by the Supreme Court after two years in prison.
Next month’s Rajya Sabha elections will include 11 seats in Uttar Pradesh. Overall, the election for 57 seats, covering 15 states, will take place on June 10.
The BJP, which recently returned to power in the politically crucial state with a massive victory, is expected to maintain its dominance in the upper house by taking around 80% of the total seats.
UP is sending 31 MPs to the upper house, 11 of them due to retire on July 4. This will include five from the BJP, three from the SP, two from the BSP and one from the Congress. At present, the BJP has 22 members, while the Samajwadi party has five. PASB and Congress have three and one respectively.