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Two more ministers quit BJP ahead of Assembly polls in UP, seven this week

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A file photo of Yogi Adityanath.

Uttar Pradesh: In yet another major blow to BJP in Uttar Pradesh, two more ministers Swami Prasad Maurya and Dharam Singh Saini have resigned from the Yogi Adityanath government and the ruling BJP and joined the Samajwadi Party in the presence of Akhilesh Yadav.

Besides Maurya and Dharam Singh Saini, the other politicians who joined the Samajwadi Party were MLAs Vinay Shakya and Bhagwati Sagar.

Uttar Pradesh MLA Chaudhary Amar Singh of the Apna Dal Thursday quit the BJP-led alliance just weeks ahead of polls. Pertinently, this is the eleventh resignation for Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in three days. Akhilesh Yadav, who has emerged as the key challenger in UP, has yet again benefitted.

Saini, a four-time legislator from Nakud in Saharanpur, is the third state minister to step down in the past three days with the ruling party in what is being seen as a crucial swing ahead of a crucial election.

Seven other BJP MLAs and one from Apna Dal, which is in alliance with the BJP, have also exited the party in the last three days.

The Congress has fielded the mother of 2017 Unnao rape victim as its candidate for next month’s assembly election in Uttar Pradesh. Asha Singh, the Unnao victim’s mother, was among those who were named in the list released by the party today.

“Our list sends a new message that if you have been a victim of harassment and torture, the Congress will support you,” said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, as she released the list.

 

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