Legislative council members (MLCs) Bukkal Nawab and Yashwant Singh quit their memberships on Saturday. Sources say more resignations from the council are expected.
Adityanath, deputy chief ministers, Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma and two other ministers Swatantra Dev Singh and Mohsin Raza are required to get elected to either house of the UP legislature.
They now have only two months left to become a member if either of the two houses of the bicameral legislature. But with the resignations from the upper house, they need not contest elections to become MLAs. They can instead become MLCs. It is a route that previous chief ministers Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati had also opted for.
Adityanath is an MP from Gorakhpur.
It is almost certain that these Mulayam-Shivpal loyalists might join BJP even as Bukkal categorically said: “The BJP government is doing good job. If BJP calls me, I will join it”
The resignations also are a major blow to Akhilesh Yadav camp and the feuding Yadav family.