In 1996, the seer retained the seat and for the next five elections, Gorakhpur elected Yogi Adityanath as their representative in the parliament.
Within hours, he met UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath and a photograph of the meeting went viral on social media.
Bhuwal Nishad was also minister for fisheries in the Mayawati cabinet in 2007.Gorakhpur has essentially been a BJP fiefdom since 1991 when Mahant Avaidyanath won the Lok Sabha polls on the party ticket for the first time.
The bone of contention, sources said, was NISHAD party wanted to contest both seats on their own symbol and SP was pressing for a merger.On Friday, Sanjay Nishad announced the delay on SP’s part and the ambiguity on fielding NISHAD party candidates had left him with no option but to leave the gathbandhan.
BJP’s sway over Gorakhpur came to an end in 2018 bypoll, necessitated by Yogi’s resignation as MP to continue as UP chief minister.Till Friday evening, there was a strong indication that SP will field Praveen Nishad as the candidate from Gorakhpur and also offer Maharajganj to his father and NISHAD party chief Sanjay Nishad.
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