A Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate from Alapur constituency of Ambedkarnagar died after suffering a heart attack during campaigning on Sunday afternoon.
Heera Lal Yadav, SP’s Ambedkarnagar district president, said the incident happened when Chandra Sekhar Kannuajia was holding a public meeting in Raje Sultanpur village at around 3.20pm. He said a huge crowd had turned up at the meeting and Kannuajia reportedly suffered a heart attack due to excitement and died before he was rushed to a nearby hospital.
SP president and chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had made 42-year-old the party candidate by dropping sitting MLA Bheem Prasad Sonker.
His death is being seen as a major setback to the SP. The state election commission will take a decision on whether the polling for the constituency will be held as per schedule or a new date will be announced.