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Third UP Minister Dharam Singh Saini Quits Yogi Cabinet; Akhilesh Yadav Welcomes The OBC Leader To SP

Saini, who is a prominent backwards caste leader in Uttar Pradesh, became the third minister to quit the saffron party in less than a week.

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav shares a picture with former BJP minister Dharam Singh Saini. (Image: Twitter/ @yadavakhilesh)

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh BJP Minister Dharam Singh Saini resigned from his position in the Yogi Adityanath Cabinet on Thursday ahead of the state assembly polls. In his resignation letter, the BJP leader stated that the callous attitude of the state government towards farmers, Dalits, the unemployed and those belonging to other backward classes were the reasons behind his decision.

Saini, a four-time MLA from Nakud in Saharanpur and a prominent backward caste leader in Uttar Pradesh, became the third minister to quit the saffron party in three days. Following in the footsteps of OBC leaders Swami Prasad Maurya and Dara Singh Chauhan, Saini too joined the Samajwadi Party in a major blow to the Yogi Adityanath government in UP.

“We will do whatever Swami Prasad Maurya will say. One minister and 3-4 MLAs will resign every day till January 20,” said Saini after resigning from the UP Cabinet.

Chauhan had resigned from the Yogi Adityanath Cabinet on January 12, a day after Maurya left the party. Maurya’s resignation was followed by those of three other BJP MLAs – Tindwari MLA Brajesh Prajapati, Tilhar’s Roshan Lal Verma and Bilhaur’s Bhagwati Sagar.

ALSO READ: Uttar Pradesh OBC MLAs Flex Their Muscles, Give BJP A Jolt As Caste-Centric Politics Takes Centrestage

Welcoming Saini to Samajwadi Party, former UP chief minister and party chief Akhilesh Yadav said, “With the arrival of another warrior of ‘Social Justice’, Dr Dharam Singh Saini ji, our ‘positive and progressive politics’ has got more push and strength. Hearty welcome and greetings to him in SP! In ’22 inclusive-harmony is sure to win! Mela hobe.”

Elections for the 403 assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases starting February 10, the Election Commission said. The polling in Uttar Pradesh will be held on February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27 and March 3 and 7 in seven phases. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.

In the 2017 Assembly elections, the BJP won a landslide victory winning 312 Assembly seats. The party secured a 39.67 per cent vote share in the elections for 403-member Assembly. Samajwadi Party (SP) bagged 47 seats, BSP won 19 while Congress could manage to win only seven seats

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