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BJP benches Brij Bhushan Singh from UP’s Kaiserganj seat, gives ticket to his son

Brij Bhushan SinghLUCKNOW: Benching Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh , the sitting MP from the Kaiserganj Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party( BJP) fielded his younger son Karan Bhushan in his place on Thursday.

Additionally, the party nominated Dinesh Pratap Singh, currently serving as a minister in the Yogi Adityanath cabinet in Uttar Pradesh, to contest from Raebareli for the second time.

Significantly, in a much-awaited development, the ruling party ended the suspense by naming Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh ’s younger son Karan in his place from Kaiserganj as Brij Bhushan is carrying the taint of sexual exploitation of female wrestlers during his tenure as the chairman of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI).

The sitting BJP MP is facing the legal proceeding over the charges following a prolonged protest by the ace wrestlers of the country. However, he extended his gratitude to the party for fielding his son who will file papers on May 3rd.

By denying ticket to Brij Bhushan, the BJP has sought to send out a message of distancing itself from tainted leader.

However, this time, the Congress party has yet to open its cards both in Rae Bareli and Amethi, the two pocket boroughs of the Gandhis in Uttar Pradesh.

With Brij Bhushan, the total number of MPs benched by the BJP in the ensuing election has gone to 15 in UP.

Singh, a six-time MP, has been victorious not only in Kaiserganj (in 2009, 2014, and 2019) but also in neighboring constituencies such as Gonda (in 1991 and 1999) and Balrampur (in 2004). He wields significant influence over half a dozen Lok Sabha seats in and around Gonda in central UP.

He holds considerable sway in Kaiserganj and the surrounding districts due to his ownership of over 50 educational institutions in the region.

Notably, Singh had been pitching hard for his own candidature while the BJP had given him the options of fielding either his wife Ketaki Singh or son Prateek, an MLA from Gonda Sadar.

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