Trouble in BJP as MP Sakshi Maharaj warns party leadership of consequences if denied ticket from Unnao

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BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj has written to his party leadership in Uttar Pradesh warning of serious consequences if he was to be denied a ticket from Unnao in this year’s Lok Sabha polls.

Sakshi Maharaj

In a letter addressed to the UP BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey, the controversial BJP MP invoked his caste as an OBC to make a case for his candidature. He wrote, “Sir, there is no bigger OBC leader in this constituency than me. Please note that the party (BJP) has had to face allegations of ignoring the interests of the OBC.” Sakshi Maharaj then stated the number of voters belonging to different castes in his constituency.

He sought to remind the BJP leadership of his contribution in reviving the party by winning the Unnao parliamentary seat in 2014 after a gap of 10 years. Claiming credit for his win, the BJP MP wrote, “I must make it clear that before I won from here, the BJP had no representation in this constituency for 10 years. Today all six MLAs and one MLC are from the BJP. If the party decides to take a different decision on my candidature, then this may hurt the sentiments of crores of workers in the state and the country. And the consequences of this decision will not be pleasant.”

Sakshi Maharaj concluded his letter by urging his party leadership to field him from Unnao once again so that he can win with a margin of 4-5 lakh votes from here. He promised to ensure that Samajwadi Party candidate Arun Kumar Shukla and Congress candidate Anu Tandon will forfeit their deposits.

He, however, made it clear that he will not contest from anywhere else in the state if the BJP leadership did not field him from Unnao.

Uttar Pradesh will have elections in seven phases with the counting scheduled for 23 May.

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