The Samajwadi Party has fielded tribal candidate Kirti Kaul for the UP Legislative Council by-elections

Last update: July 31, 2022, 7:04 PM IST

Cole will file her nomination papers on August 1, the party said. (Photo: SP/Twitter)

Kirti Kaul, who represents the tribal community, has earlier been a candidate from Mirzapur’s Chanbe assembly seat.

The Samajwadi Party on Sunday announced Keerti Kaul as its candidate for the by-elections to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council. The party said Kaul will file his nomination papers on August 1. Kirti Kaul, who represents the tribal community, has earlier contested from Chanbe assembly seat in Mirzapur.

The official candidate of the Samajwadi Party is the daughter of former MP Bhai Lal Kaul. Kirti is handling the political legacy after the death of Bhai Lal Kaul.

While the SP is short of the required votes in the Legislative Council by-elections, the party has decided not to give up the fight.

On Saturday, the BJP announced its two candidates for the MLC by-election, Dharminder Singh Sentwar and Nirmala Paswan. The process of filing nomination papers started from July 25.

In the UP Legislative Council, the BJP is currently the single largest party in the 100-member House with 73 members, followed by the SP with nine and Bahujan Samaj Party, Apna Dal (S), Nishad Party and Janata Party. Dil Lok Tantrik has one member each. There are two members of the teacher group, two from the independent group and two independent members.

Out of the remaining 8 seats, elections are being held on two seats which fell vacant after the death of SPMLC Ahmed Hasan and the resignation of Thakur Javir Singh. The remaining six seats have nominated members and there will be no election on these seats. The Governor will nominate these members.

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