The BJP had won 312 seats in the 403-member UP house in 2017 and together with its NDA allies its strength had gone up to 325. Saffron party leaders have been claiming that their tally would surpass the 2017 figures.
Considered among the top three in the BJP government in the state, alongside Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya, Sharma is the only among them who is not the poll fray.
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"As far as Yogiji is concerned, he is our CM face and everyone is seeking vote in his name," Sharma, a Lucknow university professor, said.
"The BJP did all the work including beautification of Naimisharanya Dham, Vindhyachal Dham, Mathura and making Ayodhya an international city -- which Brahmins like.
On the Samajwadi Party's charge that BJP is divisive, Sharma said that Opposition is demoralised and lack any proper agenda. "And they have now become abusive also. Our party's agenda is 'sabka saath sabka vikas, sabka vishwas' (inclusive development)," he said.
Asked about some party leaders, including Swami Prasad Maurya, leaving the BJP ahead of the polls, Sharma said, "Those who left the party had personal agenda. Our party is cadre-based and such leaders leaving the party won't have any impact. Leaders from all sections and parties have expressed faith in the BJP and joined it."
He said the BJP has zero tolerance towards crime and criminals and the government has broken the backbone of the mafia.
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