Kin, turncoats dominate BJP's second list

Kin, turncoats dominate BJP's second list

Despite large-scale protests for reportedly preferring relatives of party leaders and outsiders over loyal workers, the BJP, which declared its second list for Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls on Sunday, once again fielded several turncoats and kin of saffron party leaders.

The second list contains 155 nominees for the third, fourth and fifth phases of polling in the state.
It has the names of Union minister Rajnath Singh’s son Pankaj Singh, who has been fielded from Noida and BJP MP Hukum Singh’s daughter Mriganka Singh, who will contest from Kairana in Shamli district.

Former Uttar Pradesh Congress president Reeta Bahuguna Joshi, who crossed over to the BJP a few months ago, has secured a nomination from Lucknow (West) seat. She was a sitting MLA from Lucknow Cantonment seat.

Another Congress leader Nand Gopal Nandi, who switched loyalty barely a few days ago, has been fielded from Allahabad (South) seat.

Former Bahujan Samaj Party MP Brijesh Pathak, who had joined the BJP a few months ago, will contest from Lucknow (Central) seat.

The BJP has given a ticket to Congress Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh’s first wife Garima Singh from Amethi constituency.

Utkarsh Maurya, the son of former BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya who joined the BJP recently, has been fielded from Unchahar. Swami Prasad himself is an aspirant to the Padrauna seat, which is yet to be declared by the BJP.

BJP MP Sarvesh Singh’s son Sushant Singh is contesting from Badhapur, while UP BJP’s chief spokesperson Hridaynarayan Dikshit, in the fray from Bhagwant Nagar.
BJP’s national spokesperson Siddharth Nath Singh is the party candidate from Allahabad West.
DH News Service

Students fail to recognise Akhilesh
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said that a lot needs to be done to improve the standard of education in government primary schools in the state, reports DHNS.

“Only the poor students study in government primary schools,” Akhilesh said, releasing the party’s election manifesto.

He said that primary school students do not even recognise their chief minister. “Once, while visiting a primary school in Raebareli district, I asked a student who I was, and he replied Rahul Gandhi,” Akhilesh remarked.

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