Samajwadi MLCs quit, 3 MLAs 'waiting' to join BJP

Jolt to Akhilesh Yadav two Samajwadi Party MLCs resign from party

Jolt to Akhilesh Yadav two Samajwadi Party MLCs resign from party

In what could be a major setback for the Samajwadi Party, three of its Members of Legislative Council have resigned from the party.

There were reports that senior leaders tried to contact their respective MLCs - Bukkal Nawab and Yashwant Singh from SP and Thakur Jaiveer Singh from BSP - but in vain.Speculations about the three MLCs drifting towards BJP didn't seem to be unfounded.

Nawab indicated that he may join the Bharatiya Janata Party if he is invited.

The Rashtriya Shia Samaj founder Bukkal Nawab further said that some people may resign from the SP soon, sources said. He has said that he had been feeling "suffocated" since the last one year.

Shah is on a 110-day non-continuous tour across states, and UP holds special significance for the BJP ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, as it had won an unprecedented 71 of the total 80 seats in the 2014 polls.

The MLC while saying that more resignations from SP are in queue appreciated the PM's slogan "Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas". Singh called the Akhilesh's statement anti-national and pro-China.

Bukkal Nawab was very close to former party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and owed his prominence to him until he chose to side with Akhilesh in the turf war within the party earlier this year.

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Nawab, after tendering his resignation from the party, has come into the limelight for singing the praises of BJP, Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath.

Reacting to resignations of his MLCs, Akhilesh Yadav accused BJP of poaching his party's Legislative Council members.

"BJP is indulging in political corruption from Bihar to UP".

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, bhis deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya and ministers in the Yogi government - Dinesh Sharma, Swatantra Dev Singh and Mohsin Raza - are due to get elected to either house of the UP legislature by August in order to continue in office.

"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.

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