There was also speculation that another SP MLC, Madhukar Jaitley, could resign from the post.
In a big jolt to Samajwadi party in Uttar Pradesh, two of its MLCs Bukkal Nawab and Yashwant Singh today tendered their resignation from the Legislative Council amid possibilities of joining BJP in the state.
Nawab was all praises for PM Narendra Modi and UP CM Aditya Nath Yogi as he went to meet the Vidhan Parishad chairman to put in his papers."PM Narendra Modi believes in "Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas" and BJP is doing a good job in UP as well under CM Yogi", he said, but remained non-committal on joining BJP. Nawab is also the founder of Rashtriya Shia Samaj, an organization that works for the welfare of Shia Muslims of Uttar Pradesh.
Taking a dig at the deteriorating personal and political relationship between Akhilesh Yadav and his father, Nawab said that it is clear that when he is not with his own father, then how can he be with the people.
While speaking to the press, Nawab said that the Samajwadi Party should change its name to Samajwadi Akhaada (arena) since it has become a wrestling ground.
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He added that due to the family feud between Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh, he was feeling suffocated inside the Samajwadi Party.
Reacting to the recent development in SP, party supremo Akhilesh Yadav blamed BJP for the resignations. Yashwant Singh, a close aide of Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya, formerly a minister in the previous SP government and a known Akhilesh-baiter, even declared that he was "vacating the seat for CM Yogi ji" and that he was upset with Akhilesh ever since he "called India weak and glorified China while speaking in the UP Assembly".
Shah is on a 110-day non-continuous tour across states, and UP holds special significance for the BJP ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, as it had won an unprecedented 71 of the total 80 seats in the 2014 polls.
Shah, who arrived here this morning, will be holding meetings with party leaders, ministers and office bearers till July 31. "People are watching everything", said.
Reports of growing tension between Deputy Chief Minister Maurya, also the state BJP chief, and Chief Minister Adityanath is also likely to come up.