Ahead of UP Assembly polls, a Samajwadi Party leader and Mulayam Singh Yadav’s aide Ambika Chaudhary joined Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Saturday.
“I have resigned from SP and all positions related to the party and have dedicated myself completely to BSP now. The kind of treatment Akhilesh extended to his father is shameful,” Chaudhary, who got BSP ticket from Rasra in Balia, said.
Launching scathing attack on SP, BSP Chief Mayawati said Mulayam Singh Yadav sacrificed his brother Shivpal Yadav for Akhilesh Yadav.
She termed the fight between Akhilesh and Mulayam’s faction as an orchestrated drama set up by the SP founder.
The ruling SP on Friday released its first and second lists for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, within a span of hours. A total of 209 tickets have hence been declared.
The party released two separate lists of 191 and 19 candidates for five phases of the seven-phase polling beginning on February 11.
In the two back-to-back lists, the SP gave tickets to 59 Muslims, thereby earmarking 28 per cent seats to the minority community.
Meanwhile, Congress Central Committee will hold an emergency meeting at 5.30 PM on Saturday to discuss poll strategies. The party may release of its first candidates’ list for the UP polls.