BSP has denied ticket to another sitting MLA, Indrapal Singh from Sikandra seat of Kanpur Dehat, who has become the 15th legislator of the party to be denied the candidature since June this year, when party chief Mayawati had assured all sitting MLAs of repeating them as candidates.
The BSP on Saturday announced the name of Mahendra Katiyar, who was named as a candidate by the Samajwadi Party from the same seat earlier, as its new candidate from Sikandra. In August, Katiyar had resigned from the SP, saying he was not able to get people to connect to the party. Katiyar is second name from the list of SP’s 142 declared candidates to have deserted the party. Earlier, the candidate from Agra(Rural), Hemlata Diwakar Kushwaha, had joined BJP.
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Singh, the three-time MLA, who had joined the BSP before 2012 elections, said his ticket has been cancelled despite the assurances from Mayawati. “BSP is a party like that. I was not able to give them money that they wanted so they have given the ticket to someone who has more money. I was the only BSP MLA in the whole Kanpur division. Katiyar’s hoardings as SP candidate are all around the constituency, but still the party has chosen him,” alleged Singh, who hails from backward Pal caste.
He is the 15 BSP MLA who has been either denied the ticket or has deserted the party. Most of the MLAs, who have been denied the tickets are OBCs. Singh is the 11th OBC MLA, who has been denied ticket by the party. While three of these MLAs have been replaced by OBC candidates, most of the seats have gone to Muslim or forward caste candidates.
The seats which had OBC MLAs of BSP, but have now gone to non-OBC candidates are Palia(Kheri), Bilgram-Mallawan(Hardoi), Padrauna(Kushinagar), Shivpur(Varanasi), Madhogarh(Jalaun), and Fatehabad(Agra). The candidates for Tilhar and Nakur seats are yet to be named. BSP sources say the departure of Swami Prasad Maurya and BJP’s continuous focus on backward castes has made the party change its strategy on many seats.