New Delhi: The BJP on Monday announced candidates for the Lok Sabha byelections for three seats in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and for one assembly by-election from Bihar.
For the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat, which was represented by Yogi Adityanath but fell vacant when he became Chief Minister of UP, the party has fielded local BJP leader Upendra Shukla who had once contested an assembly poll as an independent candidate when denied the party ticket.
Both Brahmins and Thakurs – the caste of Mr. Adityanath — are influential in Gorakhpur and have also had a rivalry over the decades. The party hopes to retain the seat after the charismatic Mr. Adityanath — who won it five times irrespective of the fortunes of his party — has taken over as Chief Minister.
In Phulpur, a seat that fell vacant when UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated it, the party has fielded Kaushalendra Singh Patel, who has been mayor of Varanasi.