2nd UP minister quits BJP ahead of election

Samajwadi Social gathering supremo Akhilesh Yadav, in a tweet, welcomed Dara Singh Chauhan into the SP

New Delhi/Lucknow: After Swami Prasad Maurya, one other minister within the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh authorities, Dara Singh Chauhan, on Wednesday stop the ministry and tendered his resignation from the BJP amid hypothesis that of the greater than 35 per cent MLAs who can be changed by the BJP management within the coming Meeting polls, a minimum of a dozen are ministers.

Whereas Mr Chauhan, who joined the BJP in 2015, mentioned he’ll search the opinion of his well-wishers earlier than becoming a member of every other social gathering, Samajwadi Social gathering supremo Akhilesh Yadav, in a tweet, welcomed him into the SP.


“Hearty welcome and greetings to Shri Dara Singh Chauhan ji, the relentless fighter of the battle for social justice. The SP and its allies will unite and take the motion of equality to its peak… get rid of discrimination! It’s our collective resolve! Respect everybody — house for everybody,” Mr Yadav tweeted in Hindi. He had welcomed Mr Maurya in the same method, although the latter introduced that he would be a part of the SP solely on January 14. Amid the information of BJP MLAs quitting the saffron fold, two sitting MLAs, SP’s Hariom Yadav and Congress’ Naresh Saini, joined the BJP on Wednesday on the social gathering headquarters.

No less than 4 extra MLAs have stop the BJP since Tuesday in assist of Mr Maurya, a distinguished OBC chief, who in keeping with rumours within the BJP, was asking ticket for greater than two dozen of his supporters.


Mr Maurya had stop the BJP over “gross neglect” by the UP authorities in direction of dalits, backwards, farmers, jobless youth and small merchants.

In a associated growth, an MP-MLA court docket in Sultanpur issued an arrest warrant towards Mr Maurya in a seven-year-old case of allegedly making objectionable feedback towards Hindu gods. The choose, Yogesh Kumar, issued the warrant towards him after he didn’t attend the court docket listening to on Wednesday.

Chatting with reporters in Lucknow after his resignation, Mr Chauhan, who represents Madhuban Meeting constituency in Mau district, mentioned: “Dalits, backwards and the disadvantaged didn’t get justice within the current authorities. That’s why I’m quitting the Cupboard.” He added that he would seek the advice of his supporters earlier than taking his future plan of action.


The latest developments seem to strengthen the SP’s affect among the many non-Yadav OBCs within the state, lower than a month earlier than the essential elections that may even have an effect on the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

Mr Chauhan mentioned he had labored with dedication over the previous 5 years however dalits, OBCs and the unemployed didn’t get justice from the BJP authorities. He additionally mentioned he had been telling the social gathering excessive command concerning the issues all by, however was ignored as he was speaking concerning the backwards and dalits.

Uttar Pradesh deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya urged Mr Chauhan to assume once more. “It hurts if any member of the household strays. I might solely urge the revered gents that it will be their loss provided that they board a sinking boat. Elder brother Dara Singh ji, please rethink your resolution,” he tweeted in Hindi. On Tuesday, he had made the same enchantment to Mr Maurya.


Within the resignation letter to state governor Anandiben Patel, Mr Chauhan mentioned: “I’ve labored with full diligence for the betterment of my departments… However troubled by the entire neglect of backwards, the disadvantaged, dalits, farmers and unemployed youth, in addition to messing up of the reservation facility for dalits and the backwards, I’m tendering my resignation from the Cupboard.”

Moreover Mr Maurya and Mr Chauhan, Tindwari MLA Brajesh Prajapati, Tilhar MLA Roshan Lal Varma, Bilhaur MLA Bhagwati Sagar and Bidhuna MLA Vinay Shakya have additionally tendered their resignation from the BJP.



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