Addressing the media, Singh said he would work towards fulfilling Vajpayee’s dreams of developing Lucknow as ‘Biotech City’ and ensuring a cleaner Gomti river.

62-year-old BJP leader has appointed Shiv Kumar, personal assistant of Vajpayee, as his chief election manager while incumbent MP Lalji Tandon and city mayor Dinesh Sharma will be overseeing the campaigning.

Singh, who is a sitting MP from Ghaziabad, filed his nomination papers before the district magistrate and district election officer Raj Shekhar on Saturday.

The BJP president filed four set of nomination papers proposed by Lucknow MP Lalji Tandon, city mayor Dinesh Sharma, former mayor S C Rai and senior High Court counsel L P Misra.
    
Vajpayee represented Lucknow in the Lok Sabha thrice.
    
Before filing his nomination, Singh took part in 'puja' at his residence and later in a 'havan' at the BJP headquarters where he also addressed party workers.

Soon after filing the papers, Singh, said Lucknow was his home and added that he had full confidence to get the love and support of the people.

Exuding confidence that the BJP would emerge victorious in the Lok Sabha polls, Singh claimed that the country was on a threshold of change.

Addressing his party workers, Singh said, "We are going to form the government. You have to seek vote and support of every household visiting people of every caste and religion.”

Lucknow will go to the polls on April 30. The BSP has fielded former urban development minister Nakul Dubey while Rita Bahuguna Joshi is contesting on Congress ticket.

The Samajwadi Party had named Ashok Bajpayi as its candidate but changed him at the last minute and fielded state minister for science Abhishek Mishra.

(JPN)

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