AS THE Election Commission on Saturday announced the schedule for bypolls in the Mainpuri Lok Sabha constituency and the Rampur Assembly seat, the task of winning the seats is a formidable challenge, both for the ruling BJP and the main Opposition, Samajwadi Party (SP).
According to the schedule announced by the poll panel on Saturday, notification will be issued on November 10, the last date for filing nominations is November 17 and November 21 will be the last date for withdrawal of candidature. Polling will be held on December 5 and votes will be counted on December 8.
Later on Saturday, both the BJP and the SP began organising meetings regarding preparations. While SP president Akhilesh Yadav held a meeting with party leaders in Lucknow and later reached his home village, Saifai, to speak to leaders in Mainpuri constituency, BJP leaders, including former candidates, held a meeting in Mainpuri district to plan the party’s campaign.