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UP: 2 SP, one BSP MLCs resign, set to join BJP

Two SP leaders quit party praise UP CM Yogi PM Modi. PTI file Two SP leaders quit party praise UP CM Yogi PM Modi. PTI file
Erik Tate | 30 July, 2017, 01:14

THREE MEMBERS of the Legislative Council (MLCs) in Uttar Pradesh - Bukkal Nawab and Yashwant Singh from the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Thakur Jaiveer Singh from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) - resigned on Saturday, making way for three ministers of the Yogi Adityanath Cabinet.

Bukkal Nawab, who is also a founder of Rashtriya Shia Samaj and Yashwant Singh resigned from Legislative Council.

Giving an indication that he may join the BJP, Bukkal Nawaz said that he would consider joining the saffron party if he gets an invitation from them. The development came hours after BJP's national president Amit Shah reached Lucknow on a three-day visit, fuelling speculations that the three may soon join BJP and some others may follow suit in the near future.

There was also speculation that another SP MLC, Madhukar Jaitley, could resign from the post.

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Praising current UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's work he said, "Bharatiya Janata Party is doing good work and PM Modi has given a good slogan of "Sabka sath, sabka vikas". Five ministers, including chief minister Yogi Adityanath, deputy chief ministers Keshav Maurya and Dinesh Sharma and two ministers Swatantra Dev Singh and Mohsin Raza, are not members of the state legislature yet.

"I am feeling very suffocated since last one-year. People are watching everything", said. Reacting to the developments in his party, the former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav accused the BJP of indulging in "political corruption".

"If they invite me, then I will go. Those who have to go will go, they can not be stopped", he said.

The political grapevine has also been abuzz with rumours that should Maurya vacate his Lok Sabha seat, BSP supremo Mayawati - who recently resigned from her Rajya Sabha seat - could contest the Phulpur by-poll as a joint candidate fielded by the Opposition - an advice that was mooted by RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav before the collapse of the Mahagathbandhan government in Bihar. With these resignations, SP's strength in the Council will now be reduced to 63. "He will also interact with various district presidents and district in-charges", UP BJP spokesperson Chandramohan said on Thursday.

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