Gorakhpur: In spite of several leaders hailing from Purvanchal, none are in the fray for the post of Chief Minister. In such a situation, the natives of Purvanchal don’t have faith in the promises made by party candidates for the development of the region.

Indeed, the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh has not given a chief minister for 24 years after Vir Bahadur Singh. The region is lagging behind not only in development but also in leadership. With the speculations about poll results doing the rounds in every nook and corner of the region, the masses are of the view that without a chief ministerial candidate from the area, the development of Purvanchal is a distant dream. 

Though BJP state president Surya Pratap Shahi and BSP state president Swami Prasad Maurya are contesting the current assembly polls but are nowhere among the strong contenders for the Chief Ministerial position.Moreover, BJP leader Kalraj Mishra is among the strong contenders for the position but is contesting polls from Lucknow. Also, the situation remains similar in case of Congress and Samajwadi Party. As a result, the people are doubtful of development in the region.

Jai Prasad Nishad of Pipraich bluntly says that unless there is any Chief Minister from Purvanchal, the fate of the region will remain unchanged. He says, “There are several state and union ministers from the region but they are least concerned about the development of the region in this part of the state.”

Walking down the memory lane, Dr RR Nayak from Maharajganj remembers Vir Bahadur Singh and Kamalapati Tripathi when Purvanchal played a significant role in the state politics besides development of the region. He says, “However, Singh focused more on Gorakhpur and Tripathi on Banaras as compared to the entire region.”

The main leaders of the region like Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, Rajnath Singh and Yogi Adityanath are Lok Sabha MPs.