Moments after BJP national president Amit Shah landed in Lucknow for a three-day organisational visit, his opponents in Uttar Pradesh received a jolt - at least three Opposition MLCs resigned, with two of them lavishing praise on the BJP.
After operation Bihar and Gujarat, the BJP leadership has now made its inroads in Uttar Pradesh when two sitting Samajwadi Party and one of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLCs, resigned from the state Legislative Council just when BJP president Amit Shah reached the state capital today.
There were also reports that another SP MLC Madhukar Jaitly also wanted to quit but after talking to Shivpal Singh Yadav, he did not tender his resignation.
Besides Maurya, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, Transport Minister Swatantra Deo Singh and Minister of State for Science and Technology are required to become a member of either of the two Houses by 18 September. Yeshwant Singh, when contacted, said, "Maine apni seat Yogi ji (Adityanath) ke liye samarpit kar di hai".
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Yashwant Singh, who is a close aide of Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias "Raja Bhaiyya", may also join BJP. Singh called the Akhilesh's statement anti-national and pro-China. I am a disciple of late Prime Minister Chandrashekhar, and I could not compromise with the issue of the nation. I met him recently and I know him for a long time. "People are watching everything", he said.
Giving clear-cut hints that he is also in line to join BJP, Singh said that his seat is dedicated to chief minister Yogi Adityanath. "I have been trying to speak with him to find out why he was preventing the BJP leaders from facing the voters", Akhilesh said.
He further said, "More people may resign from the party soon". He was elected to the Legislative Council for a second term only previous year.
Reacting to the political development, SP leader Akhilesh Yadav blamed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the resignations from his party leaders. He said BJP leaders were afraid of fighting direct elections and were seeking a safer route through the Legislstive Council.