Six rebel MLAs of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Saturday will officially join the Samajwadi Party in the presence of party chief Akhilesh Yadav at party headquarters in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow, News18 reported. The rebel MLAs of Mayawati-led BSP were already suspended after they sided with SP during the Rajya Sabha elections.
The six BSP rebels, expected to join the Samajwadi Party, are Hargovind Bhargav, Haji Mujtaba Siddiqui, Hakim Lal Bind, Aslam Raini, Sushma Patel, and Aslam Chaudhary.
According to News 18, sources have revealed that one more MLA of Apna Dal (S), an ally of the Bhartiya Janata Party, may also switch over to Samajwadi Party soon. The Apna Dal (S) MLA, speculated to join SP is Dr. RK Verma, who had worn a red cap during the recent elections of Deputy Speaker of UP assembly and had even cross voted for an SP candidate. However, sources suggest that Verma is likely to officially join SP in a function in the Pratapgarh area later, News18 reported.
After cross-voting during the Rajya Sabha elections last year, the six rebel BSP MLAs had met Akhilesh Yadav and were suspended from the party. These rebel MLAs had even met SP party chief in June this year.
Lashing out at the Samajwadi Party after the meeting, Mayawati had called it a “drama”. “The Samajwadi Party is propagating in the media that some BSP MLAs are switching over to SP, which is a hoax. Those MLAs were suspended a long ago from the BSP for defeating the son of a Dalit in the Rajya Sabha elections due to connivance with the SP and an industrialist,” the BSP chief tweeted.
In a string of tweets, she further said, “By the way, this new drama of SP, done yesterday to publicize in the media about meeting the suspended MLAs of BSP, etc., seems more like a maneuver done for the election of a president and block chief after the panchayat elections. The BSP has emerged as a party of people’s aspirations, which will continue to be the case.”
(Inputs from News18)