5 BSP MLAs join samajwadi party
In a blow to Mayawati, five Bahujan Samaj Party lawmakers have withdrawn their support for the official BSP candidate Ramji Gautam for the biennial Rajya Sabha elections. The five lawmakers informed scrutineers that their signatures as proponents of Gautam were forged.
Immediately after informing the scrutineer, the five legislators – Aslam Chaudhary, Aslam Raini, Muztaba Siddiqui, Hakam Lal Bind, and Govind Jatav – went directly to the Samajwadi Party office to meet with Samajwadi Party Chairman Akhilesh Yadav.
This is the first time that the BSP has faced such a major setback, and that too, from its 2019 ally, the Samajwadi Party.
The dramatic development that shook the political equations on Wednesday is sure to cast its shadow over the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
On Tuesday, an independent candidate, Prakash Bajaj, supported by the Samajwadi Party, had submitted his nomination papers, giving a clear indication of Wednesday’s events.
BSP MLA Uma Shankar Singh has alleged that the five lawmakers who had rebelled against the party were receiving “benefits” from a bag of money and to prevent Dalit leader Ramji Gautam from going to Rajya Sabha.
(With input from IANS)
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