New Delhi, January 12
A day after senior BJP leader Swami Prasad Maurya resigned in Uttar Pradesh, Congress MLA Naresh Saini and Samajwadi Party MLA Hari Om Yadav joined the BJP today.
Saini and Yadav are both from backward castes. The BJP’s decision to induct them appears to be aimed at refuting suggestions that it is facing challenge in maintaining popularity among OBCs.
Former SP MLA Dharmpal Singh also joined in the presence of Deputy CMs Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma and state party president Swatantra Dev Singh.
Meanwhile, the BJP Central Election Committee is likely to meet tomorrow to discuss and finalise candidates for the Assembly elections in UP. Discussions may also be held on states that poll in the second phase. Home Minister Amit Shah today chaired a meeting of the UP state core group in which CM Yogi Adityanath was also present. — TNS
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