After Nitish's defection, BJP set to scalp SP & BSP legislators in UP

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In a major setback to former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, two of Samajwadi Party MLCs have resigned both from the Legislative Council as well as the primary membership of the party.

Two opposition SP and one BSP members today quit the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council causing a disquiet among opposition parties in the state.

Nawab expressed his willingness to join the BJP, as per sources.

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Bukkal Nawab, who is also a founder of Rashtriya Shia Samaj and Yashwant Singh resigned as MLCs.

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.

However, there are reports that another senior SP MLC Madhukar Jaitley may also resign. 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. I am a disciple of late Prime Minister Chandrashekhar, and I could not compromise with the issue of the nation. Yashwant Singh, a close aide of Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya, formerly a minister in the previous SP government and a known Akhilesh-baiter, even declared that he was "vacating the seat for CM Yogi ji" and that he was upset with Akhilesh ever since he "called India weak and glorified China while speaking in the UP Assembly".

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After the exodus in the Congress in Gujarat, defections from Samajwadi Party to the BJP seem to have begun in Uttar Pradesh. "People are watching everything", said. If he's not been shifted to somewhere by BJP, I will meet him. Akhilesh Yadav described the resignations of his party leaders as BJP's political corruption and said that it is happening all across the country. She said the BJP's "hunger for power" had now transformed into a "lust". I dare them to go to the people and get elected.

The BJP has to soon take a decision on five of its ministers in Uttar Pradesh, including Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who are not members of either of the two Houses. With these resignations, SP's strength in the Council will now be reduced to 63.

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