Former Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister and prominent OBC leader Swami Prasad Maurya on Friday joined the Samajwadi Party along with another rebel minister Dharam Singh Saini. Five BJP MLAs and Apna Dal (Sonelal) legislator Amar Singh Chaudhary also joined the SP in the presence of Akhilesh Yadav.
The BJP, on the other hand, has finalised its first of 172 candidates amid a series of defections which included three state Cabinet ministers – Swami Prasad Maurya, Dara Singh Chauhan and Dharam Singh Saini – who are ready to jump the ship to the Samajwadi Party. At least eight MLAs have also quit the party this week – all belonging to the OBC community – and are set to join SP and RLD.
Former Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister and prominent OBC leader Swami Prasad Maurya on Friday joined the Samajwadi Party along with another rebel minister Dharam Singh Saini.
Five BJP MLAs and Apna Dal (Sonelal) legislator Amar Singh Chaudhary also joined the SP in the presence of Akhilesh Yadav. The five BJP MLAs who joined the SP are Bhagwati Sagar (Bilhaur in Kanpur), Roshanlal Verma (Tilhar in Shahjahanpur), Vinay Shakya (Bidhuna in Auraiya), Brijesh Prajapati (Tindwari in Bahraich) and Mukesh Verma (Shikohabad in Firozabad). Chaudhary is MLA from Shohratgarh.
Swami Prasad Maurya says the BJP leaders are having sleepless nights ever since he, along with two other ministers and several MLAs, quit the party.
Former BJP minister Swami Prasad Maurya, several rebel MLAs joins Samajwadi Party in presence of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav.
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