In BJP's 21st list of candidates for the ensuing phases of the Lok Sabha elections, the party has decided to field actor-turned-politician Ravi Kishan from Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur constituency.
A seat which has been CM Yogi Adityanath's bastion since 1998 for five terms, before he vacated the seat to take the chief ministerial chair. However, following that, Gorakhpur, a prestigious constituency for the BJP was then filled by a Samajwadi Party leader in alliance with Mayawati's BSP, making it a significant loss for the BJP in the state Assembly elections.
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While BJP leaders struggled to explain the UP by-election results, the Deputy CM Maurya pointed to the low voter turnout – roughly 49% in Gorakhpur, while regretting the party’s inability to get its supporters to the polling booth.
As per the list, another constituency, Sant Kabir Nagar got under the scanner following the 'chappal brawl', where the sitting BJP MP Rakesh Tripathi was not given the ticket, but instead Praveen Nishad of the party is fielded.
Humiliating the BJP, two party lawmakers from Uttar Pradesh engaged in a shameful brawl and hit each other with fists and shoes at an official meeting back in March. During a meeting for a project in Uttar Pradesh's Sant Kabir Nagar, BJP MP Sharad Tripathi and MLA Rakesh Baghel exchanged blows after an argument broke out over the placement of names on a foundation stone of a project.
The incident took place during a meeting of the District Action Plan Committee at the Collectorate in front of a number of other party members who were attending the meeting. The scuffle broke out after BJP MP Sharad Tripathi asked why his name was not mentioned on the foundation stone. BJP MLA Rakesh Baghel revealed that it was his decision.
The visuals show BJP leader Sharad Tripathi attacking his colleague Rakesh Singh with a shoe during a public meeting after a heated war of words. The argument turned ugly as the two leaders got into jostling, pushing each other and ultimately fisticuff. Sharad Tripathi hit Rakesh Baghel with his shoe to which he retaliated by slapping the MP.