Denied ticket seekers take it 'lying down'
For some being denied a poll ticket could literally mean the end of world. Desperate times call for desperate measures. The BJP has been dealing with some backlash over its selection of candidates for the Uttar Pradesh election. The party has so far named 371 candidates for the state's 403 seats, and recent days have seen those left out registering their protests by raising slogans at party president Amit Shah's home in Delhi.
But perhaps in pursuit of a viral moment, two denied ticket seekers in Lucknow on Thursday took the "over my dead body" route, lying down in the path of the car of Keshav Prasad Maurya, who heads the BJP in Uttar Pradesh. Sunder Lal Dixit and Rambabu Dwivedi chose to make their point horizontally near their party office, peering up at cameras from the road. Neither tasted success the last election from their constituencies in the region of Barabanki. BJP sources say it took over an hour to persuade both leaders to vacate the road. The BJP has been trying to balance tickets between long-time members and those who've recently defected from other parties.
Uttar Pradesh votes on seven days starting February 11. Results will be declared along with other states like Punjab on March 11.
On Wednesday, at the BJP district office in Faizabad, workers, upset with the ticket being given to an "outsider" for the Ayodhya seat, tied up local MP Lallu Singh and party unit chief Awadhesh Pandey with ropes. They were held hostage for about two hours.