Like Modi, UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya started as a humble tea seller
Just like the Prime Minister of the country, Keshav Prasad Maurya too begun as a humble tea seller and newspaper vendor before joining the RSS.
And now, he is about to be inaugurated as one of the two Deputy Chief Ministers of the most powerful state in the nation, Uttar Pradesh – the ‘development’ face of the BJP government there.
Born in 1967 at Kasiya of Sirathu near Allahabad, Maurya studied Hindi literature at the Hindi Sahitya Sammelan in Allahabad, traces The Hindustan Times.
It was in Sirathu and Allahabad only that he worked as a tea seller to bolster his family’s finances. He first helped out at his father’s tea stall in Sirathu. Then, he had his own stall at Allopibagh locality in Allahabad, after moving there. Throughout this time as a young impoverished student, he also worked as a newspaper vendor.
This has a strong parallel to Modi’s rise to power – from the humble stations of Gujarat as a tea-seller to the corridors of power in Delhi.
Years later, after he joined the RSS, he became the BJP’s convener in the Kashi region, followed by a stint as the co-ordinator of the backward cell.
He also took part in much publicized events like the Ram Janmabhoomi movement.
However, he rose to prominence just after the 2012 Assembly elections. Before that, he was just a small fish cavorting with VHP patron Ashok Singhal.
But, defeating strong BSP candidate Anand Mohan and sensationally becoming a first time MLA firmly threw him into the limelight. From there, he rose through the ranks exceptionally fast.
It remains to be seen how he modulates Yogi Adityanath’s government in Uttar Pradesh now.