Deoria: Followers of former BJP state unit president Surya Pratap Shahi on Sunday burnt an effigy of party`s national president Rajnath Singh for denying the former a ticket from the Deoria Lok Sabha constituency in eastern Uttar Pradesh.
The BJP had, in its candidates` list released yesterday, nominated senior party leader Kalraj Mishra from Deoria.
A group of Shahi`s supporters gathered at Pathardewa Bazaar here this morning and burnt an effigy of Singh and raised slogans against him.
Asked about reports in some news channels that Shahi might contest the Lok Sabha elections from Deoria as an Independent, his spokesperson Pankaj Singh denied it and said "some persons were trying to defame him". "There is no such move," the spokesperson added.