Addressing a 'Samajik Pratinidhi Baithak' organised by UP BJP's Backward Cell, Maurya said, "During the Congress government's stint, only 15 paise out of one rupee used to reach the beneficiary.
Religious by nature, Lucknow Mayor Sharma's assent to the post of the deputy CM is considered as a move that could prove to be beneficial for the party in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
BJP sources say that Sinha is a front runner because he is an ‘Ajatshatru’ – a man without enemies.
"BJP this election has worked on non-Yadav OBC and upper caste mobilisation. If this combination is successful in bringing BJP back to power in UP, then the CM could be from either of the communities," Sumit Pande of CNN-News18 says.