In a shocker to Samajwadi Party, two party MLCs (Members of Legislative Council) resigned on Saturday. MLC Yashwant Sinha and Rashtriya Shia Samaj founder and MLC Bukkal Nawab tendered their resignations in a gap of few hours. BSP MLC Thakur Jaiveer Singh also tendered his resignation around noon.
After resigning from the party, Nawab praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
"Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is doing good work and PM Modi has given a good slogan of 'Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas'. If they invite, then I might go with BJP. Yogi is also doing a good job in the state; at least there has not been any scam yet," Nawab told ANI.
Taking a jibe at Samajwadi Party and the family drama he said, "I am feeling very suffocated since last one-year. It is clear that when he (Akhilesh) is not with his own father then how can he be with the people.
He added that it doesn't feel right while writing party's name as Samajwadi Party, rather they should call it 'Samajwadi Akhaada', since it has become an arena now.
He further said, "More people may resign from the party soon."
The resignations coincide with BJP president Amit Shah's visit to Lucknow, rising speculations that the MLCs will join the ruling party later in the day.
Talking about SP MLCs resignation, State minister Siddharth Nath Singh told ANI, the SP leadership should answer this question.
He said, "Akhilesh Yadav will be the best person to explain why they resigned." Meanwhile, Amit Shah will first hold a day-long meeting with party office-bearers and then with Yogi Adityanath cabinet to plug gaps between the organization and the government. During his visit, Shah is also likely to defuse tension brewing between Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. His visit will clear the air over Adityanath and Maurya quitting their Lok Sabha seats from Gorakhpur and Phulpur respectively.
Lucknow: Samajwadi Party MLC& Rashtriya Shia Samaj founder Bukkal Nawab resigns from the party, praises PM Modi and CM Yogi Adityanath pic.twitter.com/1qk1twb73i— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) July 29, 2017
SP MLC Yashwant Singh has also resigned from the party— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) July 29, 2017
Akhilesh Yadav will be the best person to explain why they resigned: UP Minister Siddharth Nath Singh on SP MLCs' resignation pic.twitter.com/4ft8G3MhyH— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) July 29, 2017
Uttar Pradesh: BJP workers welcome party President Amit Shah in Lucknow. pic.twitter.com/bot3AiW8oZ— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) July 29, 2017