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Jolt to BJP in UP as HYV fields candidates in 6 seats


Gorakhpur (UP) : In a jolt to BJP, Hindu Yuva Vahini, floated by its firebrand leader and Lok Sabha member Yogi Adityanath, has fielded candidates against the saffron party in six Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh.

Adityanath, an MP from Gorakhpur, however, sought to distance himself from the decision, saying the step was illegal and against the policies of the outfit.

“We have fielded candidates on six seats spread over three districts in the eastern region of the state,” HYV state unit chief Sunil Singh said. The seats are Padrauna, Khadda, Kasya (all Kushinagar), Paniyara (Gorakhpur) and Siswa and Pharenda (Maharajganj).

Interestingly, these candidates will cross swords with BJP’s official candidates whose names have already been declared for these six seats.

Aditynath, when contacted, said HYV is a social organisation and there are no plans before it to join politics.

“Action will be taken against all those venturing into politics as this is illegal and against the ideals and policies of HYV,” said Adityanath, a five-time BJP MP and star campaigner for the party in the upcoming polls.

Sunil, on the other hand, said HYV has been working on Hindutva agenda and this is the best opportunity for the Vahini to field candidates to set things right.