The list includes sitting MPs like Dimple Yadav from Manipuri and Shafiqur Rehman Barq from Sambhalpur. It also includes the runner-up candidates in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections like Akshay Yadav from Firozabad and Dharmendra Yadav from Badayun.
SP national president Akhilesh Yadav's wife had won the Mainpuri parliamentary by-polls, held in 2022 as the seat got vacated after the party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav's demise.
Ramprasad Chaudhary has been given a ticket from Basti. Interestingly, he too was a runner-up in the 2019 elections but as a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate. He was then expelled by Mayawati from the party, after which he joined SP.
Ravidas Mehrotra has been given a ticket from Lucknow, from where Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is the sitting BJP MP. Mehrotra was a minister in Akhilesh Yadav cabinet between 2012 and 2017.
Nishtha Anushree is Senior Sub-editor at Swarajya. She tweets at @nishthaanushree.
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