After Lal Krishna Advani, the co-founder of BJP and the longest serving chief of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was dropped from the first list of contestants for the upcoming Lok Sabha election 2019, it was then anticipated that the other senior leader, Murli Manohar Joshi, may also be kept empty handed this election. BJP released it’s first list of candidates for the upcoming general election on March 17, which revealed the replacement of LK Advani with the party president, Amit Shah, from Gandhinagar seat in Gujarat. The seat was reserved and won continuously by the 91-year old Advani since 1998.
While the first list upset Advani’s followers, the second list released on March 26, upset another senior leader of BJP, Murli Manohar Joshi, who wasn’t shown any place in the list. The 85-year old senior BJP incumbent from Kanpur Lok Sabha seat will have to vacate his seat for the upcoming winner, then be it a non BJP winner or a BJP winner.
The Kanpur seat will now be represented by the Uttar Pradesh minister Satyadev Pachauri, who has been fielded to secure the seat for the BJP. Along with Pachauri, the other critical seat of Allahabad (Prayagraj) will be represented by the UP minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi.
The union minister, Maneka Gandhi, the elected Member of Parliament (MP) from Pilibhit of Uttar Pradesh and sister-in-law of Congress vice-president Sonia Gandhi, along with her son and MP from Sultanpur constituency of Uttar Pradesh, Varun Gandhi, swapped their seats among each other to strengthen their position in the upcoming poll.
Murli Manohar Joshi had earlier, purportedly, released a statement conveying the party leadership’s directive to him to not to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha poll. A photo message was recently seen making rounds online, purportedly, signed by Joshi.
The message read, “Dear Voters of Kanpur, Shri Ramlal General Secretary (Org.) Bharatiya Janata Party conveyed to me today that I should not contest the ensuing parliamentary election from Kanpur and elsewhere.” concluding with his name between the brackets. The message surfaced online after the BJP’s UP state General Secretary, Ram Lal, met Joshi few days back.
Jaya Prada, the former Samajwadi Party (SP) leader, has also been inducted to BJP and has been fielded from Rampur constituency of Uttar Pradesh.