At least eight months to go for the 2022 Uttar Pradesh state assembly polls, the political heat has started to rise in the state. The latest move comes from BJP ally NISHAD party which has suggested the name of its national president Sanjay Nishad for the deputy chief minister’s post.
Nishad, who was in Bhadohi on Tuesday to face party workers, stated his party was in a strong hold on almost 160 seats.
“The party is ready for the 2022 polls at the booth-level. We are in a powerful hold in almost 160 seats, there are a massive number of Nishad voters. The government should accomplish the demands made for the stipulation of the Nishad community. The more the BJP retains the Nishads happily, the more seats it will gain.”
He added: “If BJP keeps us satisfied, then they will accomplish happiness in 2022, otherwise BJP cannot be satisfied. Schedules will be initiated by our party in Uttar Pradesh. We will now begin the tour and hold rallies. Our plan was predetermined but the central leadership of BJP had summoned us to meet in Delhi, due to which the schedule had to be postponed.”
Nishad now met various BJP pioneers in Delhi. Thenceforth, he has been attaining various regions and rallies party workers, busy in groundwork for the 2022 vote.
Replying to the remarks, UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya said, “He is in interaction with significant people. He is our partner and he has also conveyed to the national leadership. The determination will be applied by the central leadership.”
Speaking about the UP elections, Maurya said: “We will achieve over 300 seats. BJP makes its groundwork, we don’t care who is ahead of us. The authority and the organisation will combat the elections unitedly. Our preparations are settled.” On the inquiry of Akhilesh Yadav and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, he said that they (Akhilesh and Priyanka) “do politics on Twitter, which will gain zero”.
The NISHAD party had contested the 2018 Gorakhpur by-polls and won with the aid of the Samajwadi Party. Thus, in the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, it changed sides and stitched an alliance with the BJP. The NISHAD party contestant and son of Sanjay Nishad, Praveen Kumar Nishad, contested on a BJP ticket and triumphed from Sant Kabir Nagar in the 2019 elections.