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BJP’s first list of candidates for UP polls to be out by January 15

Factionalism, in BJP, is becoming more apparent this time

The BJP is zeroing on their candidates for the poll-bound Uttar Pradesh and the process has been more democratic this time as even district units have involved in the decision-making.

Reports suggest that the party is hopeful to come out with the list by January 15.  “The entire mechanism of candidate selection is extremely transparent and interactive as grass-roots voices have also been taken into consideration,” said UP BJP spokesperson Chandra Mohan to IndiaToday.

“District-level organisational units have also been interviewed as to who they recommend for candidature. The advice was taken twice, once at the state level and then at the national level,” he added.

On the other hand, factionalism in BJP, is becoming more apparent this time. The tussle between influential Thakur leader Yogi Adityanath with the leadership is the most obvious example.

The Hindutva demagogue’s name was likely to come up as the party’s CM candidate following his failure to grab a berth in the Modi government. But, as things turned out, he was not even included in the UP’s election committee.

Worse, Adityanath’s nemesis- Brahmin leaders Shiv Pratap Shukla and Ramapatiram Tripathi- got a call to the coveted body.adding to the pressure, BSP chief Mayawati had already declared the candidate list keeping caste and religion in mind. The 27-member election committee has leaders from almost all significant castes, ranging from Thakurs (led by Union Home minister Rajnath Singh), Bhumihars (represented by former UP minister Surya Pratap Shahi) and Brahmins (led by Kalraj Mishra) to OBCs such as UP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya.

Adding to the pressure, BSP chief Mayawati had already declared the candidate list keeping caste and religion in mind. The 27-member election committee has leaders from almost all significant castes, ranging from Thakurs (led by Union Home minister Rajnath Singh), Bhumihars (represented by former UP minister Surya Pratap Shahi) and Brahmins (led by Kalraj Mishra) to OBCs such as UP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya.

Ramesh Bidhuri (Gujjar), Ramashankar Katheria (Dhanuk, an SC sub-caste) and Rameshwar Chaurasiya too have added to the spectrum of castes in the committee.

Prominent leaders who changed their allegiance are former UP Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi and former BSP stalwarts Swami Prasad Maurya and Brajesh Pathak.

 

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