UP ELECTIONS 2017 – As politicking for the coming Uttar Pradesh polls reaches a crescendo, two high-profile candidates of the ruling Samajwadi Party are up against Congress turncoats in as many assembly constituencies in state capital of Lucknow.
Congress turncoats Rita Bahuguna Joshi and Neeraj Bora are contesting on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tickets.
Interestingly, Congress and Samajwadi Party are allies in the UP poll and are contesting 105 and 298 seats respectively of the total 403 assembly seats in the state.
Joshi is contesting from Lucknow Cantonment constituency against social activist Aparna Yadav, who is the younger daughter-in-law of SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav. Joshi is a former UP Congress Committee (UPCC) president and is the daughter of former UP chief minister (CM) Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna.
Bora is fighting from Lucknow North constituency against UP minister and UP CM Akhilesh Yadav’s close confidante Abhishek Mishra.
While, Joshi had won the 2012 UP poll by defeating then sitting BJP legislator Suresh Tiwari, Bora had lost by a small margin to Mishra in the poll. READ MORE