With the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) having Satish Chand Mishra as the party general secretary and the Samajwadi Party (SP), which hasn’t made inroads into the Brahmins community due to absence of a credible face and the Brahmins not too supportive of the party, the latter is about to go on a wooing spree.
The SP has been depending on non-entities to attract votes. But as Satish Mishra hails from a respectable judicial family and had played a key role in forging the community with the BSP in 2007, the SP has realised the importance of fielding a Brahmin candidate in the 2014 general elections.
No sooner had the realisation dawned upon the party, than an infighting ensued among the SP Brahmins for the overnight stardom, splitting into two camps -- under Tej Narain Pandey and Manoj Pandey.
Tej Narain Pandey, a first-time MLA from Faizabad known for his association with mafia don-turned-MLA Abhay Singh and Manoj Pandey, an MLA from Rae Bareli who is also facing several criminal cases, have been elevated as Ministers of State in the last Cabinet expansion.