Lucknow: The induction of Congress turncoat Jitin Prasada into BJP has come simply forward of the scheduled elections for 4 seats within the UP legislative council on July 5, in what has created recent ripples within the state unit of the saffron occasion.
The 4 seats which can fall vacant within the higher home are all represented by SP legislators — Sri Ram Singh Yadav, Lilawati Kushwaha, Ram Vraksh Yadav and Jitendra Yadav. Given the power of BJP within the UP meeting, it might have the ability to win all 4 seats.
As a matter of reality, the BJP management seeks to challenge Prasada because the occasion’s Brahmin face to consolidate the higher caste group — which accounts for 12% of the voting inhabitants — within the UP meeting elections due subsequent yr. A bit of the group has been elevating the problem of dominance of Thakurs within the current Yogi Adityanath-led authorities.
Whilst Prasada’s probabilities of getting a task in BJP’s central organisational setup stays unsure, the occasion sources don’t rule out the potential of him being propped up on the state stage and being routed to the legislative council. Celebration sources stated that this might probably dent the prospects of a senior UP BJP organisational chief who has been nursing the ambition of getting a seat within the higher home.
It was solely in January when ex-IAS officer Arvind Kumar Sharma, who is taken into account near PM Narendra Modi, joined the BJP and was instantly given a ticket to the legislative council which he gained simply. Sharma occurs to be a Bhumihar from east UP.
Whereas high BJP leaders refused to remark, sources stated that the state unit was squarely averse to the very thought of occasion para-dropping an outsider as a key contender for a seat in council. “This may additional set the narrative of insider versus outsider inside the BJP,” stated a senior occasion chief.
Notably, Prasada, who was a Union minister within the earlier Congress-led UPA authorities, had been dealing with a extreme political disaster since 2014 when the BJP began its juggernaut underneath the management of PM Narendra Modi. Prasada not solely misplaced his conventional Dhaurahra in 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections to Rekha Verma however managed to safe slightly over 16% and 15% vote share.
He additionally confronted a defeat by the hands of BJP’s Roshan Lal Verma from Tilhar meeting seat in 2017 UP meeting elections regardless of Congress cobbling up a pre-poll tie up with the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Celebration. Verma had gained the Tihar seat in 2012 on a BSP ticket.