The resignation of state Labour Minister Maurya has come as a jolt to the ruling BJP in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.
Recent defections from the BJP have dealt a blow to its otherwise bright poll prospects in the eastern UP despite the air being thick with anti-incumbency in the western part of the state
Eight BJP MLAs, including three ministers, have resigned over the past three days.
Congress MLA Naresh Saini and Samajwadi Party MLA Hari Om Yadav have joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The state will go to polls this February and March.
Maurya is widely expected to join the Samajwadi Party but has not made a formal declaration. The SP, however, welcomed him to their fold, even sharing a picture that showed him with party president Akhilesh Yadav.
Rajbhar's party has forged an alliance with the SP for the state assembly polls slated to begin from February 10.
On being pointed out that the EC has banned the holding of physical rallies or other modes of the physical campaign till January 15 at least, he said the party would abide by the EC decisions effective till January 15 and also the ones that would be taken after it.
"The party has already promised 300 units and free electricity for irrigation purposes. The party resolves to provide best quality laptops to the youth and students on coming to power," Yadav told news persons here.
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“At least the BJP and the PM then should have told why the three central black laws were brought and withdrawn.The country was deprived of knowing it and this is what I regret,” Yadav said.
Taking a dig at Yadav’s frequent visit to temples, Maurya said those who fired bullets at ‘kar sevaks’ and lathi-charged ‘kanwariyas’ have suddenly started remembering Ram.
"The Akhilesh Yadav government had promised to give laptops to youths. For this, 15 lakh laptops were purchased but only 6.25 lakh were distributed," he said
Former UP chief minister Yadav made the claim, albeit in a lighter vein, during a function held for the induction of BJP’s Bahraich MLA Madhuri Verma into his party.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: ‘Now, the Yogi government is playing 'jail-jail' with such criminals. Five years ago, the daughters of Meerut used to fear leaving their homes after evening. Today, the daughters of Meerut are bringing laurels to the entire country’.
In a tweet in Hindi, Akhilesh Yadav said, "At a time, when Uttar Pradesh and the country is going through hunger, unemployment, inflation and mismanagement, BJP leaders are engaged in joining ABCD and alphabets, and making childish and immature words."
Uttar Pradesh: IT Department is conducting raids on perfume traders and other related businesses in Kanpur and Kannauj. The Samajwadi Party claimed through a post on its official Twitter handle that the premises of its MLC Pushpraj alias Pampi Jain in Kannauj have been raided.
He also took a swipe at Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav over the income tax raids on a Kanpur-based perfume trader, saying this shows why Yadav was opposing demonetisation.
"Yadav is feeling for the perfume trader but he doesn't realise the pain of the poor. The illegal money (recovered from the trader) is meant for their development," Thakur said.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
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The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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