In an attempt to avoid any controversy, the Bharatiya Janata Party has warned its cadre against putting up controversial posters in Uttar Pradesh.
The announcement was made by state unit chief of the party Keshav Prasad Maurya who was recently depicted as Lord Krishna while senior Samajwadi Party leaders were shown as the Kauravas.
Maurya was in Mathura on Sunday to visit the famous Bankey Bihari temple where he prayed for the success of BJP’s ‘Mission 265+’ in the assembly election scheduled next year.
The poster released by a party worker Rupesh Pandey had recently gone viral on the social media after which the BJP distanced itself from it.
“We would like to remind our cadre against putting up posters portraying me or our leaders as god. I am no god but just an ordinary party worker,” said Maurya.
He said that the main task before the party workers was to help BJP win the assembly election. “As we aim to free UP from SP and BSP, such distractions are unacceptable,” Maurya said.
The poster released on social media did not mention the name of the party and only carried the name of Rupesh Pandey.
Meanwhile, Pandey maintained that the state BJP chief was well within his rights to issue a warning.
“It is his job to ensure discipline in the party. While I agree with the need for maintaining discipline, there is also the issue of personal belief. The UP assembly polls are going to be a virtual war and everything is fair in love and war,” said Pandey maintaining that his initiative has helped the party. “I have managed to drive home the message that the ruling party has several Kauravas. This imagery is going to help the BJP,” he said.
Maurya, who has several cases registered against him, has been stressing that they were politically-motivated. “In the interest of my party, I don’t mind even ten thousand cases in my name,” he said.