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Samajwadi Party MLCs resign, clear path for Yogi’s induction into UP legislature

The resignation of two Samajwadi party MLCs has virtually cleared the way for chief minister Yogi Adityanath to become a member of the UP legislature without contesting an assembly election.

india Updated: Jul 29, 2017 11:55 IST
Pankaj Jaiswal and Manish Chandra Pandey
Pankaj Jaiswal and Manish Chandra Pandey
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
BJP,Amit Shah,Yogi Adityanath
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is likely to become a member of the legislative council following the resignation of two Samajwadi party MLCs. (PTI)

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath need not contest an election to become a member of the legislative assembly following the resignations of two members of the Samajwadi Party.

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 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.

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Adityanath is an MP from Gorakhpur.

It’s 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.

The resignations coincided with BJP chief Amit Shah’s arrival in Lucknow. Shah will be in Lucknow for three days.

First Published: Jul 29, 2017 11:48 IST