Rajnath Singh effect in Lucknow: SP fields "popular" Abhishek Mishra

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Lucknow, March 27: Ruling Samajwadi Party on Thursday replaced its Lucknow candidate Dr Ashok Bajpai with the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's close aide Abhishek Mishra.

Considered as the "poster boy" of the SP government, Akhilesh Mishra is a popular candidate, that's why SP took a sudden decision to replace their Lucknow candidate as the heavyweights like BJP President Rajnath Singh and Congress party's Rita Bahuguna Joshi are contesting from the VIP constituency.

35-year-old Mishra is the Science and Technology minister in the UP cabinet and had secured a stunning victory from Lucknow North constituency in 2012 assembly elections.

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