Desertions rattle parties in UP; Akhilesh takes dig at BJP

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Two Samajwadi Party (SP) and a BSP member of the Uttar Pradesh legislative council on Saturday resigned from the house to what the sources said "pave" the way for the BJP ministers, who were not member of either of the houses, to get elected to the council. There has been speculation that the BJP is not confident of Maurya's victory in the Assembly by-poll and earlier there had also been rumours that to avoid a defeat, the party may even ask him to resign from the UP cabinet and continue as a Member of Parliament from Phulpur. 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. "It is clear that when he (Akhilesh) is not with his own father then how can he be with the people", Nawab told ANI.

Founder president of Rashtriya Shia Samaj, Bukkal Nawab joined the SP in 1992.

Moments after BJP national president Amit Shah landed in Lucknow for a three-day organisational visit, his opponents in Uttar Pradesh received a jolt - at least three Opposition MLCs resigned, with two of them lavishing praise on the BJP. Yashwant is a close aide of independent legislator from Kunda, Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias "Raja Bhaiyya".

Giving reasons behind his resignation, Yashwant Singh said that he was not happy with Akhilesh's recent statement on the current India-China tensions.

SP chief and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said he had met Nawab on Eid and wondered as to why he had a "sudden change of heart". "People are watching everything".

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"I am feeling very suffocated since last one-year".

"The BJP", he added, "must clarify why it was not willing to go for a direct election and get its leaders elected through the Vidhan Sabha route?" "But not cheat like you did with the machines [EVM]", Mr. Yadav said at the inauguration of a school in Lucknow.

The development comes days after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar dumped the RJD and the Congress in the neighbouring state and took the support of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to continue in power.

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.

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