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UP: Third minister quits Yogi govt, 8 of 9 BJP rebels likely to join SP today

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UP: Third minister quits Yogi govt, 8 of 9 BJP rebels likely to join SP today

In a spate of resignations from the Uttar Pradesh BJP, a minister and two MLAs resigned from the party on Thursday, saying the government had not worked for marginalized communities in the past five years.

Dharam Singh Saini, Ayush and MLA ministers from Nakur constituency in Saharanpur, Mukesh Verma, MLA from Shikohabad in Firozabad, and MLA Awasthi Bala Prasad from Dhaurahra in Lakhimpur, were the three BJP MLAs who resigned on Thursday.

BJP ally Apna Dal (S) MLA Amar Singh Chaudhary from Shohratgarh also left his party for SP. Backward caste leader Chowdhury met with Socialist Party chief Akilesh Yadav on Thursday.

Saini’s resignation was the third by a BJP minister in three days – Swami Prasad Maurya resigned on Tuesday, followed by Dharam Singh Chauhan the next day. In the same resignation letter, all ministers and MLAs claim to have ignored Dalits and set back.

Awasthi Bala Prasad became the ninth MLA to leave the party. SP spokesman and MLC Udaiveer Singh said Prasad met Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday.

Complete News Source : The Indian Express

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