While BJP MP Maneka Gandhi is likely to shift from Aonla to Pilibhit in the next Lok Sabha election,the party is likely to field Samajawadi Party rebel Dharmendra Kumar Kashyap,who Maneka defeated in 2009,from Aonla,it is learnt. He had lost by only 7,654 votes.
It is more or less settled that Manekas son Varun Gandhi,who represents Pilibhit,will shift to Sultanpur.
Kashyap will formally join the BJP at the Swabhiman Rally that will be organised in Deochara village of Aonla constituency on May 1. The partys national president Rajnath Singh and general secretary Varun Gandhi will attend the rally. Kashyap organised a grand welcome for BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai who visited Bareilly on Wednesday to take stock of preparations for the rally.
Kashyap decided to join the BJP when the SP chose Kunwar Sarvraj Singh as its candidate for the next Lok Sabha election. Singh had contested the 2009 Lok Sabha election from Aonla as BSP candidate and stood third.
However,Kashyap said he was quitting the SP because Mulayam Singh Yadav has failed to fulfil the promise of providing benefits of Scheduled Castes to the Kashyap community.
He also said,I am joining the BJP on May 1 and will contest the next Lok Sabha election from Aonla.
Kashyap had won his first Assembly election from Sunha seat in Bareilly district as a BSP candidate in 2002. Later,he joined the SP in 2003 along with 36 other MLAs. Mulayam,who then became the chief minister,appointed Kashyap as chairman of UP Bhumi Sudhar Nigam Nigam with the status of minister of state. He was also elected chairman of UP Cooperatives Union and later elected director of All India Cooperative Union.
In the Assembly elections last year,Kashyap had contested as SP candidate from Bithari Chainpur constituency and lost to BSPs Virendra Singh.
BJP president for Ruhelkhand (Bareilly) region B L Verma confirmed that Kashyap would join the BJP,along with other people,at the May 1 rally,but said the decision on the candidate for Aonla would be taken by the partys Central Parliamentary Board.