Kin being preferred over cadre in Assembly polls

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 13:52

Lucknow: Cutting across party lines, senior leaders have trusted their kin over party workers for contesting the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls apparently in a bid to carry forward their political legacy.
The trend has caught on not only with parties like the Congress, BJP and SP, but also BSP which has in the past claimed that it was a cadre-based party and had been targeting other parties for their "dynastic culture".

BSP state President Swami Prasad Maurya, who himself is contesting from Padrauna has not only managed party tickets for his son Utkarsh alias Ashok Maurya from Unchahar seat (Raebareli) but also for his daughter Sanghmitra from Aliganj seat in Etah.

BSP Zonal coordinator, MP Jugal Kishore has managed a ticket for his son Saurabh from Kasta assembly seat in Lakhimpur Kheri, while former health minister Anant Mishra, whose name figured in the NRHM scam - has managed the party ticket for his wife Sikha Mishra from Maharajgang seat (Kanpur).
Similary Power Minister Ramveer Upadhaya, who is contesting from Sikandarau seat has succeeded in ensuring ticket to his brother Vinod Upadhya from Dibai constituency
in Bulandsahar, while Transport Minister Ram Achal Rajbhar has launched his son Sanjay Rajbhar from Akbarpur seat.

In BJP, the scene is not different with party MP Lalji Tandon managing ticket for his son Gopal Tandon from the Lucknow North seat on which party leader Amit Puri got defeated with a narrow margin in the last assembly polls.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 13:52

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