In poll bound Uttar Pradesh, no party is leaving any chance to attack the political rivals. As a result, a poster war has emerged between parties.
Soon after a poster that depicted BJP’s newly appointed Uttar Pradesh chief, Keshaw Prasad Maurya, as Lord Krishna, a new poster has been put up by Congress questioning his wealth.
The poster read in Hindi “Chai Bechne Wale Keshav Bhaiya Rahasya se Parda Uthao, Crorepati Banne Ka Raj To Batao” (Once a tea seller, Keshav Bhaiya, unearth the mystery behind becoming a Crorepati.)
The poster was put up at Subhash Chauraha, MG Marg, in Allahabad.
The BJP’s new state unit president in Uttar Pradesh used to be a tea seller and newspaper vendor when he joined the RSS. Years later, he became the BJP’s convener (president) in the Kashi region, Modi’s parliamentary constituency.
Now, as state party chief, he carries the BJP’s aspirations of resting Uttar Pradesh from the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP). The 46-year-old leader, who is MP from Phulpur in Allahabad, had been associated with Ram Janmabhoomi movement and actively campaigned on issues such as cow protection and, most recently, on nationalism.
Though he claims to have come from a very poor background, in an affidavit that he submitted during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Maurya mentioned his movable and immovable assets at Rs 9 crore. Regarding cases against him, Maurya’s media in-charge Manoj Kushwaha had said that all these cases were political.
According to political pundits, BJP has appointed Maurya to win over those backward voters who ideally support Apna Dal and Samajwadi Party. In the end it remains to be seen how BJP’s social engineering works out.