Desertions rattle parties in UP; Akhilesh takes dig at BJP

Desertions rattle parties in UP; Akhilesh takes dig at BJP

Desertions rattle parties in UP; Akhilesh takes dig at BJP

Nawab expressed his willingness to join the BJP, as per sources.

After resigning, singing favourable tune for UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's work Nawab said, "Bharatiya Janata Party is doing good work and PM Modi has given a good slogan of "Sabka sath, sabka vikas".

Days after a massive drama in Bihar ending with BJP forming a coalition government and slew of resignations by Congress legislators in Gujarat gave the saffron party a clear advantage in the ensuing Rajya Sabha polls, Uttar Pradesh was hit by a similar political storm that gave the BJP ample reason to cheer at the cost of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

The resignations from the SP coincided with the arrival of BJP president Amit Shah in the state capital on a three-day visit to interact with party leaders.

Mr. Adityanath, his deputies Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, and a couple of other BJP ministers require to get elected to the Assembly or Council as they are not members of any House. "People are watching everything", said.

Mr. Nawab said he resigned as he was feeling "suffocated" in the SP over the last one year.

According to reports emanating from Lucknow, there is a possibility of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister contesting for the Legislative Council seat vacated by Bukkal Nawab as he needs to acquire the membership of either houses of UP Assembly within six months of his taking over as state Chief Minister.

"I will talk to him (Nawab), if he has not been kept hostage and ask him as to why he is not giving the ruling BJP leaders a chance to face the public (election)". This comes close to reports that suggest that SP member and MLC Yashwant Singh has also quit the party.

"BJP people can't muster courage to go to the people".

Alleging a conspiracy, Akhilesh accused the BJP of indulging in political corruption from "Bihar to UP". He said the BJP was scared of facing the electorate and was looking at safe options.

BSP chief Mayawati also cried foul and charged the BJP with misusing power and state machinery to target Opposition parties and their legislators.

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