'Deadwood' on UP List: Shah Draws Flak
BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s trusted lieutenant Amit Shah seems to have failed in his first test in election management in Uttar Pradesh, where he is the party incharge, as “battered and bruised” leaders have got party tickets to contest the Lok Sabha polls.
The poor selection of candidates has deflated the party workers’ ballooning enthusiasm and even triggered off protests. While over a dozen nominees had bitten the dust in the last Assembly elections, some others had even lost their deposits.
Harish Diwedi, Bharat Singh, Hari Narain Rajbhar, Sarvesh Singh and K P Singh are among those LS candidates who had miserably lost in the 2012 Assembly elections.
Virendra Singh Mast, Mahendra Pandey and Daddan Mishra had lost even their deposits in the elections. In Unnao, the party has fielded Sakshi Maharaj, who is accused in the killing senior BJP leader Brahmdutt Diwedi in the early 90s and raping his “sanyasins”.