The gravitation of legislators towards the BJP that began in Gujarat has spread to Uttar Pradesh where three Samajwadi Party MLC’s and one from the BSP resigned from their parties. Yashwant Singh, Madhukar Jaitley and Rashtriya Shia Samaj founder Bukkal Nawab, all resigned from the SP while Thakur Jaiveer Singh quit from the BSP.
While they have not joined the BJP as yet, they are making enough noises to suggest they will sooner than later. Bukkal Nawab praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP 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 said.
Nawab didn’t stop there and opened up about the internal politics of the party. “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 said. 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. Expressing fears of worse to come for SP, he said more members may resign from the party soon.
The SP drama came at a time when BJP President Amit Shah is on a three-day visit to Uttar Pradesh as part of his nationwide tour. Shah is on a 110-day non-continuous tour across states. UP being the largest state obviously holds special significance.