Strengthening the Opposition unity in Kairana bypoll, Lok Dal candidate Kanwar Hasan, who was contesting against his sister-in-law and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) nominee Tabassum Hasan, withdrew from the contest on Thursday. Interestingly, Hasan also announced his support for Tabassum, wife of former BSP MP Munawwar Hasan, who is being backed by the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Congress and Nishad Party to take on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kairana.
The development, which could unite the minority vote in favour of the RLD, could make the going tough for Mriganka Singh, the BJP candidate. The bypoll was necessitated following the death of Hukum Singh earlier this year. In the 2014 parliamentary elections, Hukum Singh bagged 5,65,909 votes, defeating SP’s Nahid Hasan who got 3,29,081 votes. In the 2017 UP Assembly elections, Nahid Hasan defeated Mriganka by 21,162 votes.