New Delhi: Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2019, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sakshi Maharaj wrote a letter to Uttar Pradesh party chief Mahendra Nath Pandey stating that consequences may not be positive if the party denied him a ticket to contest from Unnao constituency in the upcoming polls.
Hinting at a possible rift, he said, “If the party takes a different decision (related to my candidature) for Unnao constituency then this may hurt sentiments of crores of workers from the state and across the country. Its consequences may not be positive.”
“I want to draw your attention to the Unnao constituency. In this seat, I had won by three lakh fifteen thousand votes. Congress and BSP candidates had to forfeit their deposits. The SP was placed second. As per the SP-BSP alliance, this seat has been given to SP,” he further wrote.
The letter which was written on March 7 surfaced on Tuesday in which the BJP lawmaker stated that since he’s the only Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidate in the party, he should be allowed to contest in the general elections.
However, UP BJP chief Pandey said that he hadn’t come across any such letter. He said, “I have not seen the letter yet. I will take cognizance of the matter once I see it.” Sakshi Maharaj, known for his controversial remarks has been at the end of receiving backlash and criticism from several political leaders on numerous occasions.
Maharaj had won the 2014 general elections from Unnao.