Seven time BJP MLA from South Varanasi, Shyam Dev Rai Chowdhary, who has been denied a ticket this time, has said that it is going to be a tough fight for the BJP in all the 8 seats in Varanasi. A veteran politician in Purvanchal area, Chowdhary claimed that the situation for the BJP was not comfortable, especially in Varanasi.
"It is not going to be easy for the BJP in Varanasi for all 8 seats. The party has a tough fight on all the seats," said Chowdhary, sitting BJP MLA from South Varanasi.
The party this time has given ticket to Neelkanth Tiwari, who is making his electoral debut in this election. Chowdhary's anger against Tiwari is also very much visible when he says that he will campaign in South Varanasi for the BJP and not the candidate.
"I wanted to fight the election but was denied a ticket. I was willing to contest but even I was shocked that a newcomer was given a ticket. However, I will campaign for the BJP from that seat," said Chowdhary.
BACKLASH IN VARANASI
The sitting MLA asserted that BJP president Amit Shah was also aware of the mistake the party had committed while distributing tickets for south Varanasi seat and the party may have to face a backlash for the decision.
"Amit Shah spoke to me and told me about the blunder party had committed by giving ticket to a newcomer. I have been assured some high position by him when I met him after I was denied a ticket," said Chowdhary.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Varanasi for his road show, in a bid to appease Chowdhary took him inside the Kashi Vishwanath temple on Saturday with him after which Chowdhary said his anger has subsided to a large extent.