March 25, 2023

Uttar Pradesh polls: Rita Bahuguna Joshi offers to step down as MP if her son is given BJP ticket from Lucknow Cantt | Allahabad News – Times of India

PRAYAGRAJ: BJP MP from Allahabad, Rita Bahuguna Joshi has said that she is ready to step down as an MP if the party fields her 44-year-old son Mayank from the Lucknow Cantt seat.
While talking to TOI over phone from Delhi, Joshi said, “If this is the impediment that the party (BJP) would give ticket to only one person per family, I am ready to resign from my present Lok Sabha seat if Mayank gets a ticket. Let the youth come in and I will continue to work for the party”.
The former Congress leader, who joined the BJP in 2016, also said she has sent this proposal to party national president JP Nadda.
“I will always continue working for the BJP anyway. The party can choose to accept or reject my proposal. I had already declared that I won’t contest elections. After all, now let the youths come in,” Joshi further said.
She further said, “Mayank has been doing a lot of ground work in the assembly and is quite popular among all sections of the society, especially among the youths, the seat is so dear to me as well, after all I won the seat in 2012 from Congress after defeating the three-time MLA Suresh Chandra Tiwari of BJP. Then again in 2017, when I had joined BJP, I won the seat by defeating Aparna Yadav, the daughter-in-law of Mulayam Singh Yadav”.
“My son has an emotional connection with the seat and has worked hard for the party. I think he deserves the ticket and if the party thinks that only one member of the family can be given a ticket, well then I am ready to step down”, she said.
Rita Bahuguna has held the post of mayor of Allahabad from 1995–2000. She is a former vice-president of the National Council of Women.
She has twice contested unsuccessfully in elections to the Lok Sabha. She was elected member of the legislative assembly from Lucknow Cantonment in the 2012 state elections.
She contested for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Lucknow but lost.
She joined BJP on October 20, 2016 in the presence former BJP president Amit Shah after spending 24 years in Congress and was elected again from Lucknow Cantt from BJP.
She was later fielded by the party for Lok Sabha elections in 2019 from Allahabad because of which she had to vacate the seat.

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