Lucknow. There are many speculations about who will be the candidate from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Mathura. The biggest among them belongs to the CM of UP. However, the BJP is unlikely to field Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from the Mathura seat. Sources within the party said that BJP may give ticket to Shrikant Sharma only from the main constituency. Shrikant is the sitting MLA from Mathura and also a minister in the Yogi Adityanath cabinet.
For the past several days, the demand from within the party to field CM Adityanath from Mathura has intensified. Recently, BJP Rajya Sabha member Harnath Singh Yadav had advocated for giving ticket to UP CM from Mathura. In a letter to party president JP Nadda, Yadav said that “Lord Krishna inspired him to write the letter”. Meanwhile, the BJP’s core committee is meeting for the second day today at Delhi headquarters to discuss the strategy for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah is presiding the meeting. BJP’s Uttar Pradesh election in-charge Dharmendra Pradhan, party’s UP general secretary Sunil Bansal and national general secretary BL Santosh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya and state party chief Swatantra Dev Singh have also attended the meeting. Sources said Amit Shah is against denying tickets to sitting MLAs. However, the seats of some MLAs can be changed.
first published:Jan. 12, 2022, 3:34 p.m.