3 oppn MLCs in UP vacate their seats
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.