Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan who crossed over from the Congress two years ago, is the BJP candidate from chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s Gorakhpur that had voted the BJP for decades before a united opposition delivered a stunning victory in the 2017 by-election.
Two years later, there are clear cracks in the opposition camp. Praveen Nishad, who won the seat in the 2017 by polls as the joint opposition candidate, has crossed over to the BJP and is being fielded from the neighbouring Sant Kabir Nagar seat.
The BJP’s sitting MP from Sant Kabir Nagar Sharad Tripathi, who had made headlines earlier this year when he was taped on video thrashing a legislator with a shoe at an official meeting. The two lawmakers were reported to have been squabbling over the plaque before the argument got out of hand.
Apr 15, 2019 16:30 IST