New Delhi, May 18: Just a month ahead of Uttar Pradesh civic polls, the state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party will have a new president. The party is mulling to have a Dalit leader from western part of Uttar Pradesh as the state BJP president, sources said.
According to the sources, Bulandshahr MP Bhola Singh and Agra MP Ram Shankar Katheria are the top runners of the post. The elections for the party post will be held by next month, the sources added.
While there has been no controversy related to Singh, Katheria was ousted from the union council of ministers after a string of controversial remarks. Katheria was the Minister of State for Human Resources Development Ministry.
Addressing a gathering at Lucknow University, Katheria had said there would be “saffronisation of education and the country”. “Whatever is good for the country will be done, be it saffronisation or Sanghwaad (propagation of RSS ideology),” he had said.
Presently, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya is the state unit president. The BJP swept the state in the recently concluded polls by winning a three-fourth majority.
For the UP civic polls, the party is planning not to give tickets to the sitting councillors or to their candidates. The same strategy was used in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi elections and all the new candidates were given the ticket.