Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav will contest Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, party sources have told to several news agencies.
“I will seek the permission of the people of Azamgarh if I decide to contest the elections. I need to seek their permission because they elected me from there,” Yadav told reporters on Wednesday, refusing to confirm reports that he has decided to contest the Uttar Pradesh election for the first time.
The former chief minister has never contested a state election.
In 2012, when he led the Samajwadi Party to a big victory in UP, he took over as the country’s youngest Chief Minister at 38. He was a Lok Sabha MP from Kannauj at the time. Later, he took the route of the state Legislative Council. His wife Dimple Yadav was elected unopposed from the seat he vacated, Kannauj.
Akhilesh Yadav had earlier said he would not contest the elections and would prefer to focus on every seat in the state.