Uttar Pradesh: Two SP MLCs, one BSP MLC resign from Legislative Council

Jolt to Akhilesh Yadav two Samajwadi Party MLCs resign from party

Within hours of BJP national president Amit Shah landing in Lucknow for his three-day organisational visit, three members of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council - two from the SP and one from the BSP - tendered their resignations and indicated that they could join the saffron party.

The three SP lawmakers are Bukkal Nawab, Yashwant Singh and Madhukar Jaitley, while the BSP legislator is Thakur Jaiveer Singh, who was a minister in the Mayawati government during her 2007-2012 reign.

"The BJP", he added, "must clarify why it was not willing to go for a direct election and get its leaders elected through the Vidhan Sabha route?"

The Rashtriya Shia Samaj founder Bukkal Nawab further said that some people may resign from the SP soon, sources said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) national president Amit Shah is likely to skip a proposed meeting with six Opposition MLAs who had earlier resigned from the Trinamool Congress after pledging support to the National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind.

Former chief minister and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav accused the BJP of being behind the resignations of his party MLCs.

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Madhukar Jaitly of SP had also gone to put in his resignation papers to the council chairman but returned without doing so after reportedly talking to Shivpal Yadav.

The MLC while saying that more resignations from SP are in queue appreciated the PM's slogan "Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas".

SP chief and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said he had met Nawab on Eid and wondered as to why he had a "sudden change of heart".

Besides Adityanath, deputy chief ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, ministers Swatantra Dev Singh and Mohsin Raza are not members of either the Assembly or the Council and will have to get elected to either of the two Houses to continue as ministers. "He will also interact with various district presidents and district in-charges", UP BJP spokesperson Chandramohan said on Thursday.

" They are offering inducements to our MLCs". He said he would speak to Bukkal Nawab.

One BSP MLC Jay Veer Singh also resigned from his membership of Upper house.

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