Both the BJP and SP announced candidates for the state’s upper house. Apart from the deputy CM who lost from Sirathu, Kaushambhi, to Pallavi Patel of Apna Dal (Kameravadi), the BJP has fielded six more ministers including Dyashankar Mishra, Bhupendra Choudhary, JPS Rathore, Jaswant Saini, Danish Ansari and Narendra Kashyap, as well as adjusted Banvarilal Dohare, former MLA from Kannauj, who was replaced by IPS officer Asim Arun as candidate from Kannauj this time, along with Mukesh Sharma.
SP has fielded four candidates, including Swami Prasad Maurya, a minister in the first Yogi government who had quit the party to join the SP before elections, but lost from Fazilnagar in Kushinagar. The other three are Jasmeer Ansari, Mukul Yadav and Shahnawaz Khan. While Mukul Yadav is the son of Sobaran Singh Yadav, four-time MLA from Karhal who was replaced by Akhilesh Yadav as candidate from the constituency in the elections, Khan is the son of a close aide of Azam Khan.