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Lucknow: With Uttar Pradesh election round the corner, a latest video has surfaced from the poll-bound state where a worker from Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Arshad Rana can be seen crying profusely after being denied a ticket in upcoming assembly poll.
"Tamasha bana diya. Meine toh kabhi iss tarah ka socha bhi nahi tha. (They made a joke out of me. I never thought this would happen)," Rana said in the video.
He further said, "They called me inside and informed me that they are fielding someone else from the seat they had promised. You people must have been seeing the daily advertisements on paper and the hoardings. I have been doing everything."
In another video he said, "I have been working for BSP for 24 years as a warrior/ soldier and have been given charge of various posts in the party. As per the orders of Mayawati, I was declared candidate from Charthawal constituency by Shamsuddin Raeen and the announcement regarding the same was made in December 2018. Since then I have been working for the welfare of the party round the clock."
He further claimed that now his called are not being answered by Raeen. "Yesterday when I visited the party's office in Muzaffarnagar, the district president Satish Kumar asked me to arrange Rs 50 lakh more... I have already given Rs 4.5 lakh to the party."
He said when Satish Kumar asked for Rs 50 lakh, he told him that he will talk to his mother first. "As I discussed with my mother, she said that we do not have that much money, but we can sell some property to fulfil my ambition of contesting the election. So I called Satish Kumar and told him that I can give Rs 25 lakh now and the rest will be paid later. He told me not to say these things loudly over the phone. I asked him shall I say Rs 25 instead," Arshad Rana said.
He further said he has evidence of all the incidents.
On Thursday (January 13) BSP announced Salman Saeed's name as the party's candidate from Charthwal assembly seat. Notably, Saeed has joined Mayawati's party from Congress yesterday and without any ado he was named the party's candidate from the seat.
Polling for 403 Uttar Pradesh seats will be held in seven phases between February 10 to March 7. Counting of voters will be held on March 10.