SHAHJAHANPUR: With BJP’s Salona Kushwaha up against her brother and Samajwadi Party’s Roshan Lal Verma up against a woman claiming to be his daughter-in-law, family tensions appear to be dominating the electoral battleground in the Tilhar assembly segment.
The Tilhar assembly seat in Shahjahanpur district will go to the polls in the second phase on February 14.
After sitting BJP MP for Tilhar Roshan Lal Verma jumped into the fray as the SP candidate after switching sides, a woman, Sarita Yadav, who claimed to be married to her son, threw her hat into the ring.
Further clouding the ballot box, Kushwaha’s brother, Ravindra Kushwaha, rushed and fought and lodged his candidacy on Saturday, accusing his sister of driving his family down the road.
“I am the real brother of BJP candidate Salona Kushwaha and I applied because she exploited us a lot, our family and our children came on the road,” Ravendra Kushwaha told reporters on Saturday after submitted his candidacy.
“We are threatened by the henchmen of Salona who, after winning the elections, would make our lives hell. What will happen to the general public if a sister cannot be faithful to her brother? I contest just because of that,” he said. .
Salona Kushwaha, however, denied her claims.
“I got married a long time ago and I have nothing to do with my brother’s family. Why should I threaten them? she said PTI on the phone.
Sarita Yadav, who claims to be the widow of Verma’s son Vinod Verma, who died in 2019, threw herself into the fray against SP candidate Verma, alleging that “as a BJP MP, he harassed Muslims and the Yadavs, whose support he is now seeking.
“I fight against elections to ensure justice for them,” she told reporters on Friday after filing her candidacy.
“I also get broad public support for the Tilhar assembly,” she said.
Asked about Yadav’s allegations against him, Verma told PTI that “her claim to be my daughter-in-law is false. She has nothing to prove it.”
“She is posing as my daughter-in-law as part of a plot to damage my image and opposed me in the election to damage my image,” he said.