Bharatiya Janata Party is facing an internal crisis in Phulpur. The announcement of Upendra Singh Patel as its candidate for the Phulpur by-elections has led to discontent among local party leaders. Various leaders want to be the candidate but BJP has chosen a candidate from Varanasi. Many insiders have said that leaders are angry that an outsider is provided a chance. The seat was vacated by Keshav Prasad Maurya, who won it by a margin of over 3 lakh votes and then went on to become the state’s deputy chief minister.
A businessman by profession, Upendra Singh Patel was the mayor of Varanasi from 2006 to 2012 and holds a Master’s Degree in Commerce from Banaras Hindu University. As per sources, Upendra was given the ticket from Phulpur as the constituency houses a large base of Patel votes.
It is also rumored that Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya wanted the ticket for her wire or son but this was opposed by other leaders of BJP. Sources add that despite his displeasure, the responsibility of ensuring Upendra Patel’s victory in Phulpur lies with Maurya as he had won the seat by an incredible margin.