Janmorcha merges with ruling BSP in UP

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Lucknow, Jul 8 (UNI) Dr Dharampal Singh, the lone member in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly of the Janmorcha, today merged his party with the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

After the joining of Mr Singh, an MLA from Dayalbagh constituency in Agra, the strength of the BSP has gone up to 217 in the House of 403 members.

Dr Singh is a close associate of cinestar and Samajwadi Party MP from Agra Raj Babbar.

UP Assembly Speaker Sukhdeo Rajbhar told mediapersons here that Dr Singh had given him a written application for merging his party with the BSP along with an approval letter of Chief Minister Mayawati.

''I have decided to merge Janmorcha with the BSP as per the para 4 of the 10th schedule of the Constitution,'' Mr Rajbhar said.

Earlier on Saturday last, don-turned-politician and Janata Dal (U) MLA Dhananjay Singh had merged his party with the BSP.

Later talking to reporters Dr Dharampal Singh said he decided to merge the Janmorcha with the BSP due to the recent stand taken by Ms Mayawati on the Indo-US Nuclear deal.

''She is the lady of committment and under her able leadership the state could flourish,'' he added.

The Janmorcha MLA, however, said he did not talk to Raj Babbar on his decision.

BSP state president Swami Prasad Maurya and ministers Lalji Verma and Nasiuddin Siddiqui were also present along with Dr Singh.

Meanwhile, speculation was rife that Mr Babbar might take a surprise leap during the ongoing political unstability in the country.

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