Idea Exchange With Keshav Prasad Maurya

In April, the BJP sprung a surprise by picking Keshav Prasad Maurya, first-time MP from Phulpur in Allahabad, as president of the party unit in Uttar Pradesh, a state which is headed to polls in 2017 and where the party has high stakes. Maurya, 46, an old RSS hand, is known to be vocal on issues such as cow protection and nationalism. With the party not declaring a CM candidate, Maurya will have to play caste combinations carefully as he manages the election campaign.

Speaking at the Idea Exchange organised by The Indian Express, the the BJP leader on when question of BJP after confronting a defeat in Bihar, what is the party counting on for a victory in Uttar Pradesh? Maurya said, “There are two regional parties in UP – Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP). The governments of both these parties have been bad for the state. As the president of the UP BJP, I have travelled across the state and met people and party workers. I can say with confidence that the 2014 success (the NDA won 73 out of 80 seats in UP in the general elections) will be repeated in 2017 (polls are expected early next year).”

 

In April, the BJP sprung a surprise by picking Keshav Prasad Maurya, first-time MP from Phulpur in Allahabad, as president of the party unit in Uttar Pradesh, a state which is headed to polls in 2017 and where the party has high stakes. Maurya, 46, an old RSS hand, is known to be vocal on issues such as cow protection and nationalism. With the party not declaring a CM candidate, Maurya will have to play caste combinations carefully as he manages the election campaign. Speaking at the Idea Exchange organised by The Indian Express, the the BJP leader on when question of BJP after confronting a defeat in Bihar, what is the party counting on for a victory in Uttar Pradesh? Maurya said, "There are two regional parties in UP – Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP). The governments of both these parties have been bad for the state. As the president of the UP BJP, I have travelled across the state and met people and party workers. I can say with confidence that the 2014 success (the NDA won 73 out of 80 seats in UP in the general elections) will be repeated in 2017 (polls are expected early next year)."