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2019 LS Polls: Murli Manohar Joshi to be joint Opp candidate against Modi?

Murli Manohar Joshi was sitting MP from Varanasi and had vacated the seat for Narendra Modi in 2014

Friday April 5, 2019 3:35 PM, ummid.com News Network

Murli Manohar Joshi

[Murli Manohar Joshi (L) receiving Padma Award from President of India. (File photo)]

New Delhi: Senior Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Murli Manohar Joshi, who has been unceremonially denied the party ticket from Kanpur Lok Sabha seat, is being pursued by the opposition to contest the 2019 General Election against Prime Minister Modi in Varanasi.

"Murli Manohar Joshi, denied a ticket to contest, is in active negotiations with senior leaders of the Congress. Authoritative sources told me that Joshi has been offered a chance to take on Modi from Varanasi as a joint candidate of the opposition", Swati Chaturvedi, an author and a journalist who has earlier worked with The Indian Express, The Statesman and The Hindustan Times, wrote in an article published by NDTV.

"Joshi is reluctant to contest from Varanasi, the constituency he vacated for Modi in 2014, but is still in talks with his Congress interlocutors on contesting from another seat", she added.

"Joshi, it is learnt, has also decided to go public by authoring a scathing critique of the Modi-Shah BJP. Joshi wants to refer to the crony capitalism charge which is often flung at the Modi government, and also the Rajan list of fraud bank defaulters", she wrote.

Murli Manohar Joshi was sitting MP from Varanasi and had vacated the seat for Narendra Modi in 2014. He contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Kanpur and won. But, the BJP denied him a ticket from Kanpur for the 2019 Parliament elections.

It is learnt that more than denial of the party ticket, Joshi is upset the way top party leadership treated hi, while deciding a candidates from Kanpur. It is said a junior level party member was sent to Joshi with a message that he should himself declare that he will not contest the election. But, Joshi not only refused but also wrote a "letter" for the party workers saying "he has been asked by the party leadership not to contest the election from Kanpur."

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