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Keshav Prasad Maurya, BJP's OBC face rewarded for UP win

Maurya's life bears an uncanny similarity to that of Modi as both helped their fathers sell tea

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

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UP BJP President Keshav Prasad Maurya flashes victory sign as he celebrates the party’s victory in the assembly elections at the party office in Lucknow

Keshav Prasad Maurya, BJP's face in Uttar Pradesh, has been rewarded with the post of Deputy Chief Minister for working tirelessly to galvanise support for the party on the ground.

Associated with the and the from an early age, Maurya's life bears an uncanny similarity to that of Prime Minister Both, as young men from poor families, helped their fathers sell tea.

Representing in the Lok Sabha, Maurya, 47, has seen his career graph rise steadily in the party. He was said to be one of the top contenders for the chief ministership after the landslide victory secured by the party in the state.

After becoming the first time MLA in UP Assembly in 2012, he was made UP chief in 2016 and had a role in the securing three-fourths majority.

Born in a farmer's home in Kaushambi district of UP, Maurya spent his childhood in poverty. Like Modi, Maurya also worked at tea-stalls and sold newspapers to support his family and continue education.

Like Modi, Maurya takes pride in his childhood compulsion of serving tea to customers and considers it as a common thread that binds him with the prime minister.

The member's page on the website of says that "got inspiration for doing social service as well as education during childhood while selling tea".

As a minor, Maurya joined Baal Swayam Sevak of Later, he was associated with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and

During his 12-year association with the and Bajrang Dal, Maurya was considered close to patron Ashok Singhal.

Known for his fiery speeches, he went to jail during Ayodhya and Gau Raksha (Save Cow) movements.

Maurya was elected to UP Assembly in 2012 from Sirathu seat in In 2014, he contested from Phulpur- best known for having been the constituency of first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

The had got considerable support from non-Yadav OBCs and non-Jatav Dalits in UP during the elections.

The voting pattern prompted the BJP to replace the architect of UP miracle for BJP, Lakshmikant Vajpayee, with Maurya, who belongs to an sub-caste.

Maurya went about consolidating the support base among non-Yadav caste categories. He appointed BJP leaders belonging to Kushwaha, Koeri, Kurmi, Shakya, Patel and others as district unit chiefs across Uttar Pradesh.

Maurya is the only BJP leader after former UP chief minister and present Governor of Rajasthan Kalyan Singh who wields considerable support among OBCs and Dalits.

First Published: Sun, March 19 2017. 17:32 IST