Samajwadi Party 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. The BJP chief might also take feel of UP BJP leaders about the possible new UP BJP chief, sources further said.Interestingly, while Shah was holding meeting at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan, speculation of more MLCs resigning was also doing rounds.
The resignations were perfectly timed with the arrival of BJP president Amit Shah in Lucknow.
Meanwhile, one Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLC Jaiveer Singh also gave up his post. Appreciating the work of Yogi Adityanath, Nawab said that he is doing a good job and at least there hasn't been any scam yet. Yashwant Singh, a close aide of Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya, formerly a minister in the previous SP government and a known Akhilesh-baiter, even declared that he was "vacating the seat for CM Yogi ji" and that he was upset with Akhilesh ever since he "called India weak and glorified China while speaking in the UP Assembly". "People are watching everything", he said. Yogi, his deputies Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, and ministers Swatantra Deo Singh and Mohsin Raza have to become members of either of the two Houses before the six-month deadline ends on September 18. If get an invite from the BJP, I will definitely consider it.
SP supremo Akhilesh Yadav termed the resignations as an example of "political corruption".
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BSP chief Mayawati also cried foul and charged the BJP with misusing power and state machinery to target Opposition parties and their legislators.
After Goa and Manipur, and most recently in Bihar and Gujarat, the BJP was now trying the same manipulative tactics in Uttar Pradesh through misuse of State agencies like the CBI and the Income Tax department to run a campaign to paint its opponents as corrupt, she alleged.
Mr. Maurya said the resignations were the "personal matter" of SP leaders. "He will also interact with various district presidents and district in-charges", UP BJP spokesperson Chandramohan said on Thursday.