3 oppn MLCs in UP va­cate their seats

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - NAMITA BAJPAI @ Luc­know

AFTER Bi­har and Gu­jarat, Amit Shah’s re­alpoli­tik reared up in Ut­tar Pradesh Satur­day, on the very day he com­menced his three­day jaunt to the saf­fron state. Three leg­is­la­tors from ri­val camps — two from the Sa­ma­jwadi Party and one from the Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party — re­signed from the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil as well as their re­spec­tive par­ties. All three have re­port­edly va­cated their seats to make way for Chief Min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath and four of his min­is­ters who have to be­come leg­is­la­tors by Septem­ber 18 to be able to re­main in the min­istry.

The two SP MLCs who have re­signed are Bukkal Nawab and Yash­want Singh while the BSP law­maker is Thakur Jaiveer Singh. In ad­di­tion, an­other SP MLC, Mad­hukar Jaitely, also went to put in his pa­pers to the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil chair­man but re­turned with­out do­ing so after re­port­edly talk­ing to Shiv­pal Ya­dav, un­cle of SP chief Akhilesh Ya­dav. Later in the evening, Shiv­pal claimed credit for stop­ping Jait­ley from quit­ting. Akhilesh Ya­dav called the de­vel­op­ments po­lit­i­cal cor­rup­tion of the high­est or­der that the BJP was in­dulging in. “We have seen it in Bi­har and Gu­jarat, now it is in UP,” he said, adding that those who want to part ways were free to switch.

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