While Mr Singh had been re-nominated by the party, Mr Yadav -- who happens to be the first cousin of SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav -- is the Lok Sabha member from Sambal seat in the state. The SP president, along with several other party legislators and leaders, were present during the filing of nominations in the assembly permises here. Both the candidates have filed two sets of nominations with 10 proposers each. They have also deposited Rs 5,000 each as security.
The party has 94 members in the state assembly and can win two seats on the first preference votes. Each candidate would require 37 votes as first preference to win the elections. The two SP candidates are the first ones to file nominations for the RS polls in UP on the fourth day of the nominations on Thursday, Nov 6. November 10 is the last date for filing of the nominations, while the candidates can withdraw the nominations till November 14.