Rita Bahuguna Joshi's son Mayank joins SP, says UP safe in Akhilesh's hands
- Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls 2022: Mayank Joshi joined the Samajwadi Party (SP) during an election rally of Akhilesh Yadav, hours before campaigning for the final phase of election came to an end.
Mayank Joshi, son of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Allahabad Rita Bahuguna Joshi, joined the Samajwadi Party (SP) on Saturday during an election rally of Akhilesh Yadav at Gopalpur in Azamgarh.
Mayank, who is also the grandson of former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna, joined the Samajwadi Party hours before the campaign ended for the seventh and last phase of polling slated for Monday. The MP’s son had met Yadav on February 22 leading to speculations in political circles.
Mayank later said UP’s future is safe in Yadav’s hands. “I've joined the Samajwadi Party today. Akhilesh Yadav talks about development, women's safety and youth. As a youth, I thought to stand with such a person who talks progressively. I think UP's future is secure in his hands,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI in Lucknow.
On its official Twitter handle, the SP wrote, "Grandson of former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Late Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna ji, youth leader Shri Mayank Joshi took membership of Samajwadi Party in Azamgarh in the presence of national president Akhilesh Yadav. Welcome and thanks."
His mother, however, said she will remain in the BJP and has full faith in the national leadership, according to her media in-charge Abhishek Shukla. She had earlier proposed to resign as MP if the party agreed to her proposal to field her son Mayank in the upcoming assembly elections in the state.
In a statement, Shukla said the BJP MP is currently in Tripura for a parliamentary committee meeting, where she came to know through the news media that her son has joined the Samajwadi Party, adding that she refused to comment on the development.
According to reports in a section of media, the MP was trying for a BJP ticket for her son from the Cantt assembly constituency of Lucknow, but the party fielded law minister Brajesh Pathak from the seat.
Rita Bahuguna Joshi was the president of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee before joining the BJP ahead of the 2017 assembly elections.
She won the Cantt assembly constituency in Lucknow by defeating SP candidate Aparna Yadav, SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav's daughter-in-law, who has now joined the BJP.
She was also made a minister in the BJP government led by Yogi Adityanath but in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, she was nominated by the BJP from the Allahabad parliamentary constituency and won the election. She was also a Congress MLA from the Cantt area in 2012.
(With agency inputs)