In Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party has been facing one setback after the other for the past few days. After Swami Prasad Maurya, Dara Singh Chauhan, now another BJP minister Dharam Singh Saini also resigned on Thursday. Dharam Singh Saini was the AYUSH minister in the Yogi government and is an MLA from Nakud assembly seat in western UP. There is speculation that Dharam Singh Saini may also join Samajwadi Party along with Swami Prasad Maurya tomorrow i.e. on Friday 14 January.
Earlier on Thursday, BJP MLAs Vinay Shakya and Mukesh Verma also resigned from the party. There is speculation of both these MLAs also joining the Samajwadi Party along with Swami Prasad Maurya.
Let us inform that soon after the resignation of Swami Prasad Maurya on Tuesday, such reports had come in the media along with him, Dharam Singh Saini may also leave the BJP and join the Samajwadi Party. However, then Dharam Singh Saini had dismissed these speculations by releasing a video.
Dharam Singh Saini had said, “I have come to know that Swami Prasad Maurya has given a list of MLAs who are leaving BJP and joining Samajwadi Party and my name is also in that list. I respect Swami Prasad Maurya.” But I am and will be in BJP. I am not leaving the party.”
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Let us tell you that Dharam Singh Saini is counted among the strong leaders of western UP. He has become an MLA for the fifth time in a row. For the last two assembly elections, he has consistently reached the assembly by defeating Imran Masood, another strong leader of Saharanpur district. However, it is also interesting that his opponent Imran Masood along with his allies left the Congress and joined the Samajwadi Party a few days ago.
There is also speculation about the resignation of five-time BJP MLA Bala Prasad Awasthi.
Meanwhile, speculations are rife on social media about the resignation of five-time BJP MLA Bala Prasad Awasthi. Bala Prasad Awasthi is an MLA from Dhaurahra Assembly constituency in Lakhimpur Kheri district. According to media reports, there is news of Bala Prasad Awasthi reaching the SP office along with SP leader Manoj Pandey. It is believed that after meeting with Akhilesh Yadav in the SP office, he can tender his resignation.
So far 13 MLAs, including three BJP ministers, have resigned in the last few days. Here is the list of MLAs who have resigned
1. Radha Krishna Sharma, MLA from Bilsi in Badaun district.
2. Rakesh Rathore, MLA from Sitapur.
3. Madhuri Verma, MLA from Nanpara in Bahraich.
4. Jai Choubey, BJP MLA from Sant Kabirnagar.
5. Swami Prasad Maurya, Cabinet Minister
6. Bhagwati Sagar, MLA, Bilhaur Kanpur
7. Brijesh Prajapati, MLA
8. Roshan Lal Verma, MLA
9. Vinay Shakya, MLA
10. Avtar Singh Bhadana, MLA
11. Dara Singh Chauhan, Cabinet Minister
12. Mukesh Verma, MLA
13. Dharam Singh Saini, Cabinet Minister