Raghuraj Singh Shakya, BJP candidate for Mainpuri Lok Sabha bypoll, said on Tuesday that Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) founder Shivpal Singh Yadav is his “political guru” and that he will seek his blessings for the December 5 elections .
Shakya was once a close associate of Shivpal Yadav but quit his PSPL earlier this year to join the BJP. He was previously a member of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and sided with Shivpal Yadav after forming his own party.
“Mulayam Singh Yadav was my guru and he was a person with a big heart. Shivpal Singh Yadav is my political guru who brought me into politics, I will seek his blessings,” Shakya told reporters in Mainpuri.
Shakya attacked his rival and SP candidate Dimple Yadav, saying, “Can anyone meet her? To meet her, you have to apply and get through security personnel.” “I’m a farmer’s son, anyone can stop me anywhere on the road. I’m always there for them,” he said.
Shakya, who will submit his nomination for the bypoll on Wednesday, said the people of Uttar Pradesh lived in fear during the SP rule, but things changed after the BJP came to power in the state.
“People, especially women, used to live in fear because of henchmen, but now every section of the society feels fearless under the Yogi Adityanath government,” he said.
He said he left the SP because its members include goons, land mafia and anti-social elements. The BJP, on the other hand, is a “disciplined cadres party”, he added.
The Mainpuri bypoll was necessitated by the death of SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Mainpuri has long been a small neighborhood of the Yadav family.
However, after successfully breaking through SP citadels of Azamgarh and Rampur Lok Sabha seats, the BJP hopes to do the same in Mainpuri.
The result of the bypoll will be announced on December 8.
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