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Is BJP banking too much on these turncoats in UP?

Is BJP banking too much on these turncoats in UP?



Vaishali Karulkar
Chillicious News

According to the exit poll, BJP is in pole position in Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand. While it is customary for parties to form a marriage of convenience to gain a majority in the assembly, it is equally common for individual ministers to decamp and join the opposing party.  

Some of the candidates who are representing the Bharatiya Janata Party in the current assembly elections have been cadres of rival parties before throwing in the towel and joining forces with Modi’s party. 


For its part, the BJP has rolled out the welcome mat for leaders from different castes be it OBC, EBC, Dalits. It is a win-win for both parties.


Here is the list of turncoats whom BJP is banking on:


BJP is counting on former BSP minister Prasad Khushwaha to deliver as many as 19 seats in Bundelkhand.


SP Maurya, another top BSP leader joined the BJP along with his close confidants and is expected to draw support from different castes: Lodh, Maurya, Khushwaha, Saini, Shakya, Kachi, Murav, etc.


SP Maurya joined with a group of people including Udai Lal Maurya from Shivpur, Anil Maurya (Udai’s brother and ex-MLA), Bhagwati Prasad, former minister, Vinay Shakya, former MLC.


The Mauryas are the fourth most powerful backwards after Yadav, Kurmi and Lodh castes, who think of themselves as descendants of Chandragupta Maurya himself. They also believe in folklore that the Mauryas are the kin of Lord Ram’s son Luv and prefer to be called Kshatriyas!


In UP, this grouping includes the following castes: Khushwaha, Maurya, Saini, Shakya, Kachchi, Murav etc., which is 8 percent of the population. The Mauryas were originally with the Congress but then they shifted to the socialists.


BJP hopes SP Maurya will deliver the Maurya votes and that is the reason the turncoats have got tickets despite protests from BJP cadres.


List of BSP MLAs that joined BJP


Rajesh Tripathi from Chillupar (Gorakhpur)


Bala Prasad Awasthi from Mohammadi (Lakhimpur)


Harvinder Kumar and also Romi Sahani from Pallia (Kheri)


Mahavir Rana from Behat (Saharanpur) Roshanlal Verma from Tilhar (Shahjahanpur) and Om Kumar from Nahtaur (Bjinor)


 


Other turncoats from BSP who are all sitting MLAs:
Mahaveer Rana from Behat

Dharam Singh Saini from Nakur


Om Kumar from Nehataur


Mamtesh Shakya from Patiyali


Roshan Lal Verma from Tilhar


Romi Sahni from Palia


Bala Prasad Awashi from Dhaurahra



Candidates that shifted to BJP from Congress


Sher Bahadur – He is 85-years-old with a very colourful past of changing parties. He was a five-time MLA from Jalalpur (Ambedkarnagar). Earlier in 1980 he was with Congress, in 1985 an independent candidate, in 2007 in BSP and 2012 in SP.


Congress turncoat Thakur Dhirendra Singh, who had joined BJP on January 8, has been given a party ticket from Jewar assembly constituency in Gautam Buddha Nagar.


Ajit Pal Tyagi, who had entered the saffron camp in December from Congress, has been fielded from Muradnagar in Ghaziabad.


Pradeep Choudhary, yet another defector from Congress, has got the party nomination from Gangoh.


Just before and after 2014 elections, BJP welcomed the following backward and dalit leaders:


BJP had inducted SP Singh Baghel, BSP RS MP – Gaderia caste but he lost 2014 LS to SP.

Ex-BSP MP from Ghosi (Mau) Dara Singh Chauhan –Lonia


Dinanath Bhaskar – Dalit leader Former BSP


MLC Srinath – Dalit leader from Deoria


Former BSP coordinator Udaibhan – Dalit leader from Basti


Former BSP MLC Parmeshwar Lal Saini – Saini leader Former BSP MLC


Lokesh Prajapati – Dalit leader


Ex-Minister Ram Bhual Nishad – important leader from Gorakhpur.



Notable turncoats to get tickets:


VIP turncoat from Congress, Rita Bahuguna Joshi is BJP candidate from Lucknow Cantonment.


Former BSP Rajya Sabha member, Brajesh Pathak, surprise candidate from Lucknow (central).


Congress turncoat Thakur Dhirendra Singh, who had joined BJP on January 8, has been given a party ticket from Jewar assembly constituency in Gautam Buddha Nagar.


Ajit Pal Tyagi, who had entered the saffron camp in December from Congress, has been fielded from Muradnagar in Ghaziabad.


Pradeep Choudhary, yet another defector from Congress, has got the party nomination from Gangoh.