Lucknow, June 5 (IANS) Dimple Yadav, wife of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Tuesday filed her nomination papers for the June 24 Kannauj Lok Sabha seat by-election.
Accompanied by her husband, she later addressed a public rally asking people to vote for her as a sister, bhabhi and bahu.
You have shown faith in Netaji, Akhileshji and now time has come to bless me, she said.
Dimple assured the voters of Kannauj that she would work relentlessly and honestly for the development of the district, and accused the former BSP government of pushing UP back by 20 years.
Addressing the rally later, Akhilesh Yadav said his government would ensure all-round development of not only Kannauj but of the entire state.
Touching upon the grim power scenario in the state, the chief minister blamed the former government and promised a perceptible change within the next 100 days.
The Lok Sabha seat goes to polls June 24 following the resignation of Akhilesh Yadav from parliament after he was elected the chief minister.
The Congress has decided not to contest the election, in what is seen as a 'friendly gesture' towards the Samajwadi Party in the run up to the presidential polls in July.
The Bharatiya Janata Party and Bahujan Samaj Party are yet to declare their candidates.
Dimple Yadav was fielded by the Samajwadi Party from Firozabad in the 2009 Lok Sabha election. But she lost to Raj Babbar, a former party colleague who had joined the Congress.