Dressed in white kurta pyjama, Akhilesh Yadav wakes up early to hit the campaign trail. As he reaches villages, the people start shouting slogans ‘Akhilesh bhaiya zindabad’ and he responds with a smile.
Before you confuse him with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, meet his namesake from Mubarakpur assembly constituency in Azamgarh district of UP. Contesting for SP, this Akhilesh Yadav, often has to explain that he is not the chief minister.
“Of course, people often get confused but being a local, majority of the voters know me. I am honoured that I share my name with the chief minister and in a way, the CM is contesting election from here. His name will not only benefit me but the state,” said Yadav, who is contesting the election for the second time.
Mubarak constituency is part of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s parliamentary constituency.
Of the little over three lakh voters in the constituency, Muslims and Yadavs dominate the area with 80,000 voters each. Yadav, who contested the election for the first time in 2012, lost to the Bahujan Samaj Party.