Brajesh Pathak: A appealing politician
Brajesh Pathak, the recent deputy chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, is a uncommon politician who has risen in the BJP after traversing necessary of the political spectrum in the philosophize.
He joined the fetch together in 2016, switching from the BSP after having started off in the Congress.
Pathak entered politics as a student chief, turning into the vice-president of Lucknow University Students’ Union in 1989 and president in 1990. Apparently, it changed into as soon as chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s bete noire and strongman Vinay Shankar Tiwari’s son, Vinay Tiwari, who helped him carry out recognition and lift the college elections. Each and each had been shut pals and stayed together all the strategy in which through their student lifestyles and early years of active politics.
“Perchance he’s the foremost politician of non-BJP origin in UP who has done so well for himself by sidestepping key people from the BJP,” talked about Tiwari, who claimed his father groomed Pathak in politics. Recalling their college days, Tiwari talked about, “He changed into as soon as now now not very trendy however appropriate in organisation. Nonetheless the one quality that saw him through changed into as soon as that he changed into as soon as a appropriate mausam vaigyanik (political weathervane).”
Each and each he and Pathak would mosey on to be half of the BSP together. Vinay, worn MLA from Chillupar, moved to the SP sooner than the 2022 assembly polls.
Pathak, a law student who finished his LLB in 1991, served as law minister in Adityanth’s first cupboard.
“He changed into as soon as never wrong and constantly well behaved unlike many other student leaders of the time,” talked about retired Lucknow University professor SK Dwivedi, who changed into as soon as accomplice professor when Pathak changed into as soon as studying the ropes as a struggling student chief. Son of a homeopathic doctor, Pathak changed into as soon as born in 1964 in Mallawan, Hardoi, and did his training from Subhash Inter College, Bangarmau. “While in school he changed into as soon as petrified however very intellectual in research. Each day he would chase by bus for 17 km to attach the college from Mallawan. All of us had been stunned when he joined politics as he changed into as soon as too easy and gentle spoken for the world,” talked about Vinod Gupta, who studied commerce with Pathak in school XI and XII and now runs a flour mill.
At the same time as Pathak joined the Congress in 1992, he bought to contest his first assembly election in 2002 from Mallawan however lost by a wafer skinny margin of 150 votes.
Sensing a commerce in political winds, about two years later, he left the Congress and rode the elephant (BSP). “It changed into as soon as Behenji (BSP chief Mayawati) herself who referred to as him and equipped him the Lok Sabha seat of Unnao,” talked about a worn aide in the BSP, who did now now not decide to be identified. Mayawati changed into as soon as then testing a social coalition with Brahmins below the slogan ‘Hathi nahin Ganesh hai, Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh hai (the elephant also represents Hindu Gods)’.
Soon after winning his first election, he grew to become a shut aide of BSP traditional secretary Satish Chandra Mishra and changed into as soon as conception of a shut aide of Mayawati when it got right here to organising rallies. In 2009, Mayawati despatched him to the Rajya Sabha where he changed into as soon as the fetch together’s chief whip. Nonetheless his success changed into as soon as short-lived and he lost from the same seat in the 2014 traditional election all the strategy in which throughout the Narendra Modi wave and stood third.
In the 2012 philosophize election, the BSP gave a trace to his better half Namrata from Unnao Sadar in which she stood third. Sensing the changing political climate all over again, he joined the BJP sooner than the 2017 assembly polls. Apparently, he did so steady a day after organising a mega rally for Mayawati at Agra. This proved to be a turning point in his profession. The BJP fielded him from the prestigious Lucknow Central assembly seat, which he won by defeating the Samajwadi Celebration strongman Ravidas Mehrotra by 7,000-irregular votes and entered the assembly for the foremost time. He changed into as soon as rewarded by being made the law minister in the Adityanath-led government in 2017. Since then his inventory has simplest grown in the fetch together.
Analysts factor in the BJP has rewarded him for his networking abilities and reinforcing the fetch together’s enhance infamous amongst Brahmins in the speed-up to the 2022 assembly election.
“I will instruct on whatever tasks are given to me, with total honesty and devotion,” Pathak told ET.
A Lord Hanuman-bhakt (devotee), he has changed Dinesh Sharma, also a Brahmin, as deputy CM. “He has been very active all the strategy in which throughout the previous 5 years, something that Dinesh Sharma lacked. He never says no to any individual who approaches him for any work. He clearly is aware of methods on how to protect people at ease,” talked about worn professor Dwivedi.
In the sizzling assembly ballot, he changed into as soon as fielded from Lucknow Cantt where he defeated Raju Gandhi of the SP by 39,512 votes. Some feel his seat changed into as soon as changed from Lucknow Central to Cantt, conception of a procure seat for the BJP, as Mehrotra, the SP candidate from Lucknow Central, changed into as soon as believed to be giving a appropriate fight. Mehrotra went on to lift his election.