The BJP has decided to field Bhojpuri star Dinesh Lal Yadav aka ‘Nirahua’ from Azamgarh against Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. BJP today released its 16th list of 6 candidates, including one in Maharashtra and five in Uttar Pradesh for upcoming Lok Sabha poll.
In another surprise, the BJP has denied ticket to Kirit Somaiya, the party’s sitting MP from Mumbai North East, and has fielded Manoj Kotak this time. It is to be noted that BJP ally in Maharashta Shiv Sena was against Somaiya’s nomination and it seems that the BJP buckled under the pressure of its ally and denied ticket to a senior leader.
Prem Singh Shakya is BJP’s candidate from Mainpuri against Mulayam Singh Yadav. Mainpuri is a stronghold of SP and Mulayam Singh Yadav had won from this seat in 2014. In Rae Bareli, which is the pocket borough of former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the BJP has given ticket to Dinesh Pratap Singh. Sonia had won from this seat in 2014 and she is the Congress candidate from this seat this time too.
Nirahua started his Bhojpuri film career in 2005 and became a popular name in 2006. Nirahua has worked in more than 20 films so far and most of his films have done good business at the box-office. Nirahua is also a well-known singer in Bhojpuri film industry. His biggest hit is ‘Nirahua Rickshawalah’.