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General elections 2019: BJP releases 16th list, drops Kirit Somaiya from Mumbai North East seat

General elections 2019: BJP releases 16th list, drops Kirit Somaiya from Mumbai North-East seat

General elections 2019: BJP releases 16th list, drops Kirit Somaiya from Mumbai North-East seat
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By CNBC-TV18 Apr 10, 2019 6:04:37 PM IST (Updated)

In a major setback to sitting MP Kirit Somaiya, BJP on Wednesday has decided to drop him from Mumbai North-East, after Shiv Sena vehemently opposed his candidature.

In a major setback to sitting MP Kirit Somaiya, BJP on Wednesday has decided to drop him from Mumbai North-East, after Shiv Sena vehemently opposed his candidature.

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The BJP has pitted well-known Bhojpuri actor and singer Dinesh Lal Yadav against Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav from Azamgarh. It has fielded Prem Singh Shakya against Yadav's father Mulayam Singh Yadav from Mainpuri.
The BJP has named Dinesh Pratap Singh, a local strongman who had left the Congress to join it last year, as its candidate against Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli.
The seat has long been a bastion of the Gandhi family with the former Congress president representing it in Lok Sabha since 2004. The party has replaced sitting Machhlishahr MP Ram Charitra Nishad with V P Saroj.
On Mumbai North East constituency, Shiv Sena had been bitterly opposed to Somaiya's candidature. And the BJP's decision to replace him with Manoj Kotal underscores its keenness to keep its Hindutva ally in good humour.
Somaiya, an old BJP hand and one of its leading speakers on economic issues in Parliament, had been a trenchant critic of the Sena. The BJP named Chandra Sen Jadun as its candidate from Firozabad. The SP had won from Azamgarh, Mainpuri and Firozabad in 2014, with members of its ruling Yadav family emerging victorious.
(With inputs from PTI)
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