Akhilesh Yadav, national president of the Samajwadi Party (SP), will sound the election trumpet in Chhattisgarh on September 25. Assembly elections are scheduled for Chattishgarh at the end of the year.
The party hopes to become a national party from its current position as a regional political party, and Akhilesh’s appearance is a part of its goal to grow electorally outside of Uttar Pradesh.
During the trip, Akhilesh may run into Bhupesh Baghel, the chief minister of Chhattisgarh.
The Samajwadi Party has never won an assembly or Lok Sabha seat in Chhattisgarh, a state that is governed by the Congress. 40 assembly seats where the party may field candidates have been recognized by the Chhattisgarh branch of the party.
Although the Election Commission has not yet declared them, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram, and Telangana are all scheduled to hold elections this year. The SP has declared that it would run for office in every state (with the exception of Mizoram). In six Madhya Pradesh assembly districts, the party has already announced its candidates.
At a public gathering in Raipur, the state capital of Chhattisgarh, Akhilesh will give a speech. He’ll also preside over a gathering of party members.
Even though the SP has joined the INDIA alliance of the opposition parties in the nation for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the SP’s chapter in Chattisgarh has produced a list of 40 seats it plans to run in. Chhattisgarh has 11 Lok Sabha seats and 90 assembly seats. The SP ran for roughly 10 assembly seats in 2018, but they were unsuccessful.
Navin Gupta, president of the Chhattisgarh state unit, spoke on the party’s plans for the assembly election, saying: “We are preparing for polls and we will have further meetings with the party’s national president when he visits here. The 2024 Lok Sabha elections are the focus of the INDIA coalition’s efforts. We haven’t discussed the assembly elections with the Congress branch in Chhattisgarh. Akhileshji could run across Bhupesh Baghel when he arrives here. When that happens, we will follow instructions.
Om Prakash Sahu, a former president of SP’s Chhattisgarh state and a member of the working committee, also stated that the INDIA coalition was formed for the Lok Sabha elections and added, “But we will have a friendly fight with the Congress in the assembly elections so that our political presence and visibility increases in the state.”
In five years, the Samajwadi Party hopes to become a major national political force. The SP has served as the U.P.’s regional party since its founding in 1992.
Outside of Uttar Pradesh, the SP has gained assembly seats in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Rajasthan, and Andhra Pradesh (in a district that is now part of Telangana).
If a political party wins at least 6% of the total valid votes cast in four or more states in a general election for the Lok Sabha or for the legislative assembly, the Election Commission recognizes it as a national party.