This walkover was expected, especially after mainstream political parties did not field any candidate against Mrs Yadav. Today, both the independent candidates have withdrawn their nominations.
Mrs Akhilesh Yadav will be declared the winner from the constituency tomorrow that was slated to go to polls on June 24.
Over the last one week, the Congress first announced that it would skip the election. After that Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which was forced out of power by Akhilesh Yadav, also decided not to field a candidate against Mrs Yadav. The BJP hurriedly declared one on the last day of the nomination, but he too failed to file his nomination.
Being elected unopposed will be a pleasant change from 2009, when she was hammered in the election she contested against actor-politician Raj Babbar in Firozabad. In 2009, her husband effortlessly won two Lok Sabha seats – Kannauj and Firozabad. He chose to represent the former in Parliament, and she was handpicked to contest the by-election for the latter. Firozabad was said to be unhappy at being dumped by Mr Yadav and the Congress muscled in, fielding ex-Samajwadi Party man and actor Raj Babbar against Dimple Yadav. The party then made a focused effort to ensure her defeat; even Rahul Gandhi had campaigned for Mr Babbar, who won.
In the run-up to the Assembly polls in UP, Mulayam Singh had said after Mrs Yadav’s defeat in 2009 that the women of the Yadav household would not enter electoral politics again.
Mrs Yadav will now represent Kannauj, a constituency won thrice by her husband Akhilesh till he won an outsized victory in the recent state elections and took over as chief minister of the state.