LUCKNOW , April 4 -- The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has put up former Congress MLC Dinesh Pratap Singh against United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareli and fielded Bhojpuri actor-turned-singer Dinesh Chandra Yadav aka Nirahua against Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav from Azamgarh.

"Akhilesh ji is a big leader. It would be interesting to contest against him," Nirahua said on his candidature.

In 2016, Akhilesh Yadav, as the then chief minister, had given the Yash Bharti award to Nirahua.

The BJP also announced candidates against Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav in Mainpuri and against Mulayam's cousin and SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav's son Akshay Yadav in Firozabad from where Mulayam's y...