SP, 1 BSP members resign from UP Legislative Council

Posted July 30, 2017

In a jolt to Akhilesh Yadav, three Samajwadi Party MLCs resigned from the party on Saturday.

The Two SP MLCs who have submitted their resignations from the State Legislative Council are Bukkal Nawab and Yashwant Singh.

Bukkal Nawab, as reported by ET, said that he is ready to join the BJP given an invitation is extended to him. 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.

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Not only SP MLCs but Jaiveer Singh, a Bahujan Samaj Party MLC has also tendered his resignation from his party on Saturday. I am a disciple of late Prime Minister Chandrashekhar, and I could not compromise with the issue of the nation.

Mr. Singh, a close aide of Thakur leader Raja Bhaiya, used the nationalism plank to justify abandoning the Samajwadi party.

Yashwant Singh resigned and accused former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav of being "anti-national" for praising China at the Vidhan Parishad.

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Former UP Chief Miniter Akhiesh Yadav has blamed the BJP for the resignation of party leaders. "People are watching everything", said. "I have been trying to speak with him to find out why he was preventing the BJP leaders from facing the voters", Akhilesh said. "Those who have to go will go, they can not be stopped", he said.

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.

After Goa and Manipur, and most recently in Bihar and Gujarat, the BJP was now trying the same manipulative tactics in Uttar Pradesh through misuse of State agencies like the CBI and the Income Tax department to run a campaign to paint its opponents as corrupt, she alleged. "He will also interact with various district presidents and district in-charges", UP BJP spokesperson Chandramohan said on Thursday. With these resignations, SP's strength in the Council will now be reduced to 63.

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