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Keshav Prasad Maurya: The making of BJP's new OBC face in Uttar Pradesh

Maurya started his political career in the RSS and the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) in Allahabad

Keshav Prasad Maurya
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Keshav Prasad Maurya

Radhika Ramaseshan
The political life and times of Keshav Prasad Maurya, Uttar Pradesh’s deputy chief minister, reinforce the congenital contradictions in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s endeavour to marry “Mandal” and “Kamandal” in a unified whole. It is not easy to reconcile a pan-Hindu identity, derived from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)’s Hindutva concepts, with the aspirations and ambitions of the less empowered castes which saw statutory reservations in educational institutions and government jobs as the greatest facilitator of their upward mobility, although this pitted them in direct conflict with the upper castes.

The Hindutva-caste antagonisms dogged the BJP in 1991 when the

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First Published: Jan 24 2022 | 6:02 AM IST

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