In what could be a major setback for the Samajwadi Party, three of its Members of Legislative Council have resigned from the party.
Yashwant Singh, Bukkal Nawab and Madhukar Jaitley, the three leaders who resigned from the party on Saturday are members of the Rajya Sabha of the state Parliament.
Not only SP MLCs but Jaiveer Singh, a Bahujan Samaj Party MLC has also tendered his resignation from his party on Saturday.
What could be another surprise for the politics of Uttar Pradesh is that one or more of these leaders might join BJP in future.
Bukkal Nawab, who was a close aide of former SP head, Mulayam Singh Yadav, and owed much of political prominence to the senior Yadav, chose to support Akhilesh Yadav when there was a rift in the party earlier this year. Nawab is also the founder of Rashtriya Shia Samaj, an organization that works for the welfare of Shia Muslims of Uttar Pradesh.
Nawab, after tendering his resignation from the party, has come into the limelight for singing the praises of BJP, Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath. He has said that he had been feeling “suffocated” since the last one year. 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.
Taking a dig at the deteriorating personal and political relationship between Akhilesh Yadav and his father, Nawab said that it is clear that when he is not with his own father, then how can he be with the people.
Nawab also expressed his readiness to join BJP and hinted that some more leaders of the Samajwadi Party may soon resign.
Madhukar Jaitely also has close connections with Mulayam Singh Yadav
Yashwant Singh, who is a close aide of Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias “Raja Bhaiyya”, may also join BJP.
Reacting to the recent development in SP, party supremo Akhilesh Yadav blamed BJP for the resignations. Akhilesh Yadav said that BJP is indulging in “political corruption” from Bihar to Uttar Pradesh.
It is interesting to note that the resignations from three prominent leaders of Samajwadi Party have come simultaneously with the arrival of BJP president, Amit Shah, in the state capital. At present, Amit Shah is on a three day visit to Lucknow to interact with office bearers of his party.