Deputy CM-designate Keshav Prasad Maurya: BJP’s OBC face with 10 criminal cases was associated with VHP

Maurya was first elected as a member of the UP Assembly from Sirathu in Kaushambi district in 2012, following a few unsuccessful attempts. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, he won from Phulpur in Allahabad.

Written by RAMENDRA SINGH | Lucknow | Updated: March 19, 2017 5:11 am
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Having links with RSS and Vishwa Hindu Parishad, BJP state president and Phulpur MP Keshav Prasad Maurya (48), first came to limelight in April, last year, when he was announced as BJP’s surprise pick for the post of Uttar Pradesh party president. With Maurya (48) belonging of the backward Kushwaha caste, he was projected as the party’s OBC face, as it tried to develop a base among the non-Yadav OBCs.

He was first elected as a member of UP Assembly from Sirathu in Kaushambi district in 2012 polls, following a few unsuccessful attempts. In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, he won from Phulpur in Allahabad.

Maurya, who comes from a humble background, is said to have sold tea and newspapers when he was a child. He went on to get the degree of Sahitya Ratna from Hindi Sahitya Sammelan in Allahabad.

He also faces several criminal cases in Kaushambi and Allahabad districts. In his 2014 election affidavit, he had declared 10 criminal cases pending against him, including one related to murder. He was, however, acquitted in the case later, as the witnesses turned hostile. Further, he has been booked for rioting, promoting enmity between groups, criminal intimidation, deliberate acts of hurting religious sentiment and criminal conspiracy. Maurya had claimed these cases were lodged for “political reasons” by his opponents.

With BJP registering a landslide victory in the 2017 state polls on the basis of overwhelming support from the backward castes, Maurya was seen as a frontrunner for the post of the CM. By appointing him as the deputy CM, BJP has tried to send the message that it has not given up on its OBC leaders, as elections are now over.

“After he became the state president, OBCs came together to support BJP. Earlier, while Kushwahas used to vote for BSP, Kurmis voted for other parties and members of other castes supported other parties. Maurya becoming the state president helped in consolidating OBC support for BJP. He is also one of the hardest working state presidents. He has visited most areas in UP more than once. He is someone who maintains personal touch with low-level party workers,” said Sheetla Prasad Patel, the MLA from Sirathu — the seat earlier represented by Maurya.

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    mumbikar
    Mar 19, 2017 at 10:09 am
    the beginning of the end of modi/shah/rss !!!! wont be long before modi/shah/rss destroy our counntry.
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      Mahender Goriganti
      Mar 19, 2017 at 8:26 am
      No surprise now Islamic express has gone into the mode of disinformation campaign mode against UP and BJP gov in center as we as UP, having all else failed. It fails find anything wrong with Muslim leaders, opposition parties, its own armchair pundits and others, lt;br/gt;Most importantly IE finds noting good about Indian /Hindustan and its culture heritage definitely not with Hindu culture or civilization. .
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        rajan
        Mar 19, 2017 at 7:28 am
        His qualifications are ample proof of BJP kind of Politics. Hope things remain under control in most populous state of the country.
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          Shri Soni
          Mar 20, 2017 at 6:35 am
          Two digit historians (becasue they are making history) may be kept away, at least from position of minister; we know it is lawful but not ethical.lt;br/gt;When those in power have history of "ajanbahu (one with long arms)" records, it shall be ironical to expect a crime free administration.
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            K S
            Mar 19, 2017 at 2:20 pm
            Ever smiling Maurya,has bright future in the party.He is very humble and affable.
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