Almost all political parties are witnessing a unique rebellion with their leaders up in arms against the leadership, demanding tickets for the assembly polls for their sons, daughters or even relatives.
Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Prayagraj, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, has written a letter to party national president JP Nadda, seeking a ticket for her son Mayank. She claims that Mayank has been active in politics since 2009 and deserves a ticket.
“I am ready to quit if that is what it takes to get a ticket for my son,” she said.
The BJP leadership has decided not to give tickets to the family members of the elected representatives, barring those who are already elected members. The party leadership is using this clause to deny tickets to the family members of its elected representatives.
One of the senior BJP leaders said that Pankaj Singh, eldest son of Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, got the ticket from Noida but his second son Neeraj Singh, who is also active in politics, has been denied a ticket.
Sources claim that this clause had angered Other Backward Classes leader Swami Prasad Maurya, whose daughter is an MP and he was asking for a ticket for his son, Utkarash Maurya, and when the leadership denied him a ticket, he left BJP and joined the Samajwadi Party. The political grapevine is ripe that his son will contest the election on SP ticket from Unchahar assembly constituency in Rae Bareli which is represented by sitting party MLA Manoj Pandey.
Then there is the case of BJP MP from Mohanlalganj, Kaushal Kishore, who is also a minister in the Narendra Modi’s council of ministers, and two-time BJP MP Jagdambika Pal, who are also seeking tickets for their sons.
The interesting contest is between a husband and wife for the ticket. The husband is BJP vice-president Daya Shankar Singh while his wife Swati is the Women Empowerment Minister in the Yogi Adityanath government. Both are asking for a ticket from Sarojininagar constituency.
“I am a BJP man and there is no confusion with us. If I get a ticket, Swati will sit out and if Swati gets it, I will have to sit out,” said Daya Shankar.
In Samajwadi Party, the leadership has no qualms over senior party leaders and former minister Mohammad Azam Khan, currently in jail, and his son Abdullah, who was released from jail recently would contest elections. Azam Khan would contest from Rampur and his son from Swar.
Another senior leader, Reoti Raman Singh, is a Rajya Sabha member while his son Ujjawal Raman Singh will contest from Karchhana in Prayagraj.