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UP Elections – Video: Denied Poll Ticket, BSP Leader In Uttar Pradesh Bursts Into Tears


BSP’s Arshad Rana is seen bursting into tears over being denied the poll ticket.

Poll defections and accusations are adding to the high drama building up in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the seven-phase state polls that start on February 10.

Former Chief Minister Mayawati’s campaign has been muted, but a video of a leader from her party is now being widely shared on social media – and not for the right reasons.

In the video, BSP’s Arshad Rana is seen bursting into tears after he was denied a ticket.

“I have been ridiculed. I never thought this would happen. They made me sit inside (the office) and told me that they have picked someone else to contest the polls, instead of me,” the poll aspirant is heard saying in a video tweeted by news agency ANI as he cries bitterly.

“You must be watching the news reports daily… hoardings and all… I am doing everything. Despite all the efforts, they are doing this to me,” he further says and continues to sob.

Mayawati won’t contest the state elections, the party has made it clear. Despite attacks from the rivals – who have said the BSP doesn’t even have 400 candidates to contest from all seats in the state – party MP Satish Chandra Misra has said that they will win the elections.

Arshad Rana’s video, however, seems to have bared the internal rifts.

In another video, where is not crying, Mr Rana makes several claims against the party, “I have been working as a foot soldier for the Bahujan Samaj Party in different capacities. In 2018, I was declared a candidate from Charthawal. For the last four years, I have worked tirelessly for the party. Now, I have been trying to get in touch with the leadership… but not getting a response.”

Claiming that he was asked to arrange Rs 50 lakh, he says, “I went to Muzzaffarnagar office and Satish ji (party colleague) asked to arrange 50 lakhs. I said… ‘Sir ji, I can’t arrange so much money’… I went home and discussed with my mother – she said we will arrange for you since you’re working so hard.” Mr Rana, in the video, further says he paid some money in installments yet he was denied a poll ticket.

There is no reaction from the party yet over the claims. 

Uttar Pradesh will vote between February 10 and March 7 and the results will be out on March 10.

While the BJP is trying to retain the state, Akhilesh Yadav has emerged as the key challenger but Congress and the BSP are also trying hard to come back to power.





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