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Keshav Prasad Maurya is an Indian politician who is the current Deputy Chief Minister of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. He is the member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and contested the Indian general elections, 2014 from the Phulpur parliamentary constituency of Allahabad district and won it.[1]

Keshav Prasad Maurya
केशव प्रसाद मौर्य
Keshav Prasad Maurya.jpg
Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
Assumed office
19 March 2017
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath
Minister of Public Works Department (Government of Uttar Pradesh)
Assumed office
23 March 2017
Minister of Food Processing (Government of Uttar Pradesh)
Assumed office
23 March 2017
Minister of Entertainment Tax (Government of Uttar Pradesh)
Assumed office
23 March 2017
Minister of Public Enterprises (Government of Uttar Pradesh)
Assumed office
23 March 2017
Personal details
Born (1969-05-07) 7 May 1969 (age 48)
Sirathu, Uttar Pradesh, India
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Rajkumari Devi
Relations Shukhlal Maurya (elder brother)
Rajendra Maurya (younger brother)
Children Yogesh Kumar Maurya
Ashish Kumar Maurya
Parents Shyam Lal Maurya (father)
Dhanpati Devi Maurya (mother)
Residence Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Alma mater Bachelor of Arts
Occupation Businessman, Politician
Religion Hinduism
As of December 17,, 2016
Source: [1]

On 11 January 2016, 12 BJP party leaders were expelled from the party for attacking Maurya one week earlier in Ballia, and two other cases were filed against two more BJP leaders.[2]

On 8 April 2016, on the first day of Chaitra, he was declared Bharatiya Janata Party chief of Uttar Pradesh,[3] India's most populous state. Like his party's top leader - Prime Minister Narendra Modi - Maurya sold tea in his youth at his father's stall in their village. A member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, he also participated in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement.

Born in 1969, in Sirathu in Kausambhi district, adjoining Allahabad, Maurya went on to study Hindi Literature at the Hindu Sahitya Sammelan in Allahabad. Hailing from a humble farming family, Maurya sold tea and newspapers during his childhood. Maurya Family runs Petrol Pump & Schools in Sirathu Area & Also Holding the Director position of Kamdhenu Logistics private limited with his son Yogesh Maurya.

The factors what went in his favour, party sources say, is his humble beginning, deep association with the Sangh and his OBC (Shakya) background. “Gareebi, Sangh and OBC, the trajectory is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” said a BJP leader, quite pleased by the likeness.

Maurya is relatively young and his full-time karyakarta background is expected to boost the morale of the BJP-RSS cadre. His RSS upbringing will also provide “energy and help in connecting RSS cadre,” a senior BJP leader said. Since Mr. Maurya is an MP and “won’t have the burden of fighting elections in 2017, he will devote his time entirely to focus on winning the elections,” Mr. Chandramohan said, hailing him as an “aggressive leader.”

Though he keeps a low-profile and is not popular outside the Kaushambi-Allahabad-Varanasi belt, Maurya’s pro-Hindutva image, and his promotion could be a sign of things to come. He has been associated with the RSS[disambiguation needed] and the VHP[disambiguation needed]-Bajrang Dal from an early age, holding the posts of Nagar Karyawah and VHP Pranth Sanghathan Mantri, among others. While being active in the gauraksha (cow-protection) movements, he also participated in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement. In the BJP, Maurya has been the regional (Kashi) coordinator of the backward class cell and the BJP Kisan Morcha.

He has contested the 2002, 2007 and 2012 assembly elections and was the sitting MLA from Sirathu assembly constituency before getting elected as MP from the Phulpur seat in 2014 with a thumping five lakh votes and over 52 per cent votes.

As on March 18, 2017 he has been appointed as the Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.[4]

Political careerEdit

He got the ministries of public works department (PWD), food processing, entertainment tax and public enterprises department.[5][6]

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