- Akhilesh Yadav won the Karhal seat with a margin of 67,504 votes
- He defeated BJP leader and Union Minister SP Baghel
- Azam Khan defeated BJP rival Akash Saxena by a margin of over 55,000 votes
Samajwadi Party (SP) national president Akhilesh Yadav has resigned from his Lok Sabha membership today. He met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla at the Parliament complex to submit his resignation. Akhilesh had won from Azamgarh parliamentary seat in the 2019 general election.
The SP supremo will continue to represent the Karhal seat in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly. He won from the Karhal Assembly seat in Mainpuri district in the just concluded polls in Uttar Pradesh.
Yadav won the Karhal Assembly seat with a margin of 67,504 votes. He had secured 1,48,196 votes, while his nearest rival, Union Minister SP Singh Baghel of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), got 80,692 votes.
Karhal is considered to be a stronghold of the SP. Yadav secured 60.12 per cent of the votes polled, while Baghel got 32.74 per cent votes. Yadav contested the Assembly polls for the first time. During his tenure as the CM, Akhilesh Yadav was a member of the Legislative Council.
The Mainpuri parliamentary seat is currently held by Akhilesh's father and SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party's Muslim face Azam Khan who contested the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections while being jailed, has also resigned from his Lok Sabha membership. Khan won polls from the Rampur Assembly seat. He was representing the Rampur seat in the Lok Sabha.
Khan, a former Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister and nine-term MLA, registered victory against nearest rival Akash Saxena (Honey) of the BJP from Rampur seat by a margin of over 55,000 votes. Khan got 1.31 lakh (or 59.71 per cent) of the total votes counted while Saxena polled 76,084 (or 34.62 per cent) votes.
Khan is currently lodged in the Sitapur jail over multiple charges including theft, criminal intimidation and land encroachment.
The BJP has retained power in Uttar Pradesh, winning a majority of the 403 seats in the state and is set to continue with its Yogi Adityanath-led government once again. The saffron party alone pocketed 255 seats and its partners Apna Dal (S) and NISHAD won 12 and 6 seats, respectively. The Samajwadi Party finished second with 111 seats.