Jolt to SP, Cong and BSP, six MLAs join BJP in UP
Lucknow: As a set back to the ruling Samajwadi Party, BSP and Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday joined six sitting legislator into its fold, a significant political development ahead of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.
The joining took place at the UP BJP state headquarters in the presence of President Keshav Prasad Maurya. Speaking on the occasion, he said it was just a starting and many other legislators are in the line to join the saffron brigade.
The six MLAs who joined the BJP included Rajesh Tripathi of BSP ( Chillupar, Gorakhpur), Vijay Dubey of Congress( Khadda, Kushinagar), Sanjay Jaiswal of Congress (Rudhauli, Basti), Madhuri Verma of Congress( Nanpara, Bahraich), Sherbahadur Singh of SP( Jalalabad, Ambedkarnagar) and Bala Prasad Awasthi of BSP(Mohammadi, Lakhimpur Kheri).
Maurya attacks SP-BSP
- UP state BJP chief said both the SP and the BSP misused dalits as vote bank
- BSP wanted atrocities on dalits to garner their votes
- SP and BSP have tacit understanding on dalit issue
- UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav deliberately spared BSP leaders including Naseemuddin Siddiqui for slur against female members of expelled BJP leader dayashankar
- Why only Dayashankar was arrested and BSP leaders were arrested
- Akhilesh Yadav and BSP Supremo Mayawati maintained Bua-Bhatija relations in true sense while hoodwinking others
- BJP will not allow excesses on dalits, backwards and other weaker sections by SP and BSP
- It is good for the people of this state that SP and BSP got exposed at the right time
- Both the parties worked in tandem to gain power while giving false impression of the animosity about each other
- In addition to sitting MLAs, some senior party leaders from other parties also joined BJP on the occasion
Keshav Prasad Maurya said that this was the first batch of sitting MLAs which joined the BJP today and many such batches are in the waiting about which all will know soon.
He said that the mission 265 in the UP assembly polls will easily be achieved if sitting legislators continue to show interest in the BJP ahead of assembly polls. It may be recalled that the BJP had announced to target 265 out of 403 Vidhan Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.