Two SP leaders quit party; praise Modi and Yogi
In a major political development in Uttar Pradesh, two Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders and quit the party on Saturday. Also, Thakur Jiaveer Singh from the BSP submitted his resignation to Chairman of the Legislative Council, Ramesh Yadav.
SP MLC (Member of Legislative Council) and Rashtriya Shia Samaj founder Bukkal Nawab today tendered his resignation from the party while singing a favourable tune for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath. This comes close to reports that suggest that SP member and MLC Yashwant Singh has also quit the party.
They are expected to join BJP soon as party president Amit Shah is in Lucknow. The resignations coincide with Amit Shah's Lucknow visit that will extend for two more days.
The Rashtriya Shia Samaj founder Nawab insinuated that he might join BJP if called upon and that many others from SP might follow suit soon.
Lucknow: Samajwadi Party MLC& Rashtriya Shia Samaj founder Bukkal Nawab resigns from the party, praises PM Modi and CM Yogi Adityanath pic.twitter.com/1qk1twb73i— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) July 29, 2017
The resignation drama in UP is likely to be similar to what happened with Congress in Gujarat. Congress is yet to recover from the jolt it received after the resignation by six MLAs from the party.
Talking about SP MLCs resignation, State minister Siddharth Nath Singh told ANI, the SP leadership should answer this question.
He said, "Akhilesh Yadav will be the best person to explain why they resigned."
Meanwhile, Amit Shah will first hold a day-long meeting with party office-bearers and then with Yogi Adityanath cabinet to plug gaps between the organization and the government. During his visit, Shah is also likely to defuse tension brewing between Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. His visit will clear the air over Adityanath and Maurya quitting their Lok Sabha seats from Gorakhpur and Phulpur respectively.