Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections: BJP pitches Union minister SP Singh Baghel against SP chief Akhilesh Yadav

In the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, Union Minister Satya Pal Singh Baghel filed his nomination papers from the Karhal Assembly constituency to face Samajwadi Party head Akhilesh Yadav. Baghel, 61, is a member of the Lok Sabha from Agra and the Union government’s minister of state for law and justice. He

Minutes after Akhilesh turned in his documents, he filed his nomination.

The minister is a four-time MP who previously served in the UP government as a cabinet minister. Karhal will vote on February 20, the third of the state’s seven-phase Assembly elections.

Akhilesh said his “mission” was “positive politics with progressive thinking”. “This nomination is a mission as this UP election will write the country’s history for the next century. Let’s take part in this movement of positive politics with progressive thinking. Defeat negative politics, remove it. Jai Hind!” Yadav tweeted in Hindi.

The Karhal constituency is just four km from Saifai, the native village of SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav. Except for 2002, the constituency has been with the SP since 1993.

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