Lucknow, January 23
Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav, party chief Akhilesh Yadav and new entrant to the party Swami Prasad Maurya are among its 30 star campaigners for the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
The other prominent star campaigners are national vice-president Kiranmay Nanda, principal general secretary Ramgopal Yadav, Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan, state unit chief Naresh Uttam Patel, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ramgobind Chaudhary.
The party’s national executive member Javed Ali Khan and Samajwadi Yuvjan Sabha president Mohammad Fahad have also been named star campaigners.
Dara Singh Chauhan and Dharam Singh Saini, who quit as ministers and from the BJP membership to join the SP, are not on the list of 30 star campaigners.
Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Ahmed Hasan, Maharashtra unit chief Abu Asim Azmi and jailed senior party leader Azam Khan are also not on the list.
In the first of the seven phases, polling will be held in 58 Assembly constituencies spread over 11 districts on February 10. — PTI
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