'Rickshaw pullers hugged me': Sanitation worker after his win on BJP ticket
BJP's Ganesh Chandra Chauhan defeated his nearest rival Alagu Prasad of Om Prakash Rajbhar’s Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) with a margin of 10,553 votes.
A sanitation worker who contested the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections said that rickshaw pullers hugged him after he won from the Dhanghata constituency on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket. Ganesh Chandra Chauhan defeated his nearest rival Alagu Prasad of Om Prakash Rajbhar’s Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) with a margin of 10,553 votes. Chauhan received 83,241 votes, 38.5% of the total votes polled.
Speaking on his win, the BJP’s winning candidate said that the party and voters gave a message that “even an ordinary worker can reach greater heights," reported news agency ANI.
Chauhan said that he carried ‘poori-sabzi’ in a vehicle for rickshaw pullers during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
“Several people from Bihar live in Sant Kabir Nagar. When I was given ticket, people came to meet me, they were emotional. The day I won, rickshaw pullers came and hugged me,” ANI quoted Chauhan as saying.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi washed the feet of sanitation workers in Prayagraj and sent a message that sanitation workers cannot be lowly, the MLA-elect said.
“If they are cleaning the dirt of society, it shows they are definitely great,” he added.
BJP won 255 seats in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, ensuring a second consecutive term for Yogi Adityanath. Its allies Apna Dal (Soneylal) and the NISHAD party won on 12 and six seats respectively, taking the NDA's tally 273.
On Sunday, Adityanath met PM Modi, party president JP Nadda, Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and other senior BJP leaders to discuss the shape of his new government expected to be formed after Holi.