Sources said that the grand old party is considering the names of Former State Minister Jitin Prasada, Former Varanasi MP Rajesh Kumar Mishra, Rajya Sabha MP Pramod Tiwari and former Minister of State RPN Singh as deputy chief minister candidate.
Jitin Prasada, who started his career as Indian Youth Congress general secretary in 2004, was one of the youngest minister in the 2008 cabinet. Pramod Tiwari has won nine times in a row from Rampur Khas seat in Pratapgarh district and RPN Singh was the former Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs from 2013-2014. Source indicated that Jitin Prasada is most likely to be the deputy CM candidate.
Political experts cited that the Brahmin vote bank in UP is crucial because they are not aligned with any political party unlike the other castes.
OBC vote bank is divided between the SP and the BJP, the BSP has claimed a large chunk of the Dalit votes. Among upper castes, the Rajput and Vaishya communities stand with the BJP.
Samajwadi Party and BSP are most likely to grab the 18% Muslim vote bank in the state.
The rainbow coalition of Muslims,Brahmins and Dalit vote bank by Mayawati was the main reason of the overwhelming triumph of BSP in 2007. Mayawati had given ticket to 89 Brahmin candidates in 2007 elections.
Earlier, Brahmins were the core vote bank of the Congress. Later on, they were weaned away by the BJP and political expert stated this phenomenon as the key reasons why the grand old party has been out of power in UP for a long term.