A number of the 35 rebels that the Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) had expelled earlier than the city native physique polls in the state capital earlier this month contested as independents however misplaced to the candidates of their very own former occasion.
It was not like the final civic polls of 2017 when many such candidates had emerged victorious as independents after being denied BJP tickets. This time, Dilip Srivastava, the previous corporator of Maithilisharan Gupta ward who had received the seat on BJP ticket in 2012 and 2017, contested as an unbiased in opposition to the BJP candidate. He not solely misplaced however was pushed to 3rd place.
Equally, BJP’s Suresh Chandra Awasthi, who had been a 4-time corporator profitable the civic election for the final 20 years from Mahakavi Jaishankar Prasad ward, was denied BJP ticket this time. He too contested as an unbiased however misplaced to Swadesh Singh of BJP by the margin of 1,813 votes.
One other two-time corporator of BJP Anurag Pandey contested as an unbiased from Mallahitola I ward however misplaced to official BJP candidate Chandra Bahadur Singh. In the meantime Amit Maurya, the corporator from Faizullahganj II ward, fielded his mom as an unbiased however she additionally misplaced to Priyanka of the BJP.
Former Lucknow mayor and former deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma mentioned, “All political events confronted the issue of rebels in the civic polls however BJP has overcome the issue in a greater method.”
These expelled from the BJP on Might 1 included corporators Dilip Srivastava, Amit Maurya, Subhashini Maurya, former deputy mayor Suresh Awasthi, former corporator Anurag Pandey, Amit Sonkar, Bharat Rajput Vijay Mishra amongst others.