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Mukesh Verma becomes 7th BJP MLA in UP to quit party ahead of elections

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Lucknow: The number of BJP MLAs bidding goodbye to the party in Uttar Pradesh rose to seven on Thursday. The latest to leave the party is Mukesh Verma, MLA from Shikohabad in Firozabad in UP.

He has resigned from the primary membership of the party.

The spate of resignations began with Swami Prasad Maurya, a prominent backward community leader. Maurya has claimed that his exit from BJP has caused a lot of turmoil in the party. He said he would announce his next move on Friday.

Along with him, for MLAS – Vinay Shakya, Roshan Lal Verma, Brijesh Prajapati and Bhagwati Sagar – left the party the same day.

On Wednesday, Avtar Singh Bhadana left the party.

Thus, the BJP lost seven leaders within 72 hours, a major dent to the Yogi Adityanath government.

In some solace to the party, Congress MLA Naresh Saini and SP MLA Hari Om Yadav joined the party on Wednesday.

While announcing his resignation, Mukesh Verma called Swami Prasad Maurya their leader and said they would support whatever decision he took. He claimed that more leaders would join them in coming days.

Following the group exit, BJP went into a damage control mode. The party’s OBC chief Swatantra Dev and state general secretary Sunil Bansal were asked to talk to the disgruntled leaders.

The timing of the exit by BJP MLAs is crucial as they come less than a month before Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. The state will witness elections in seven phases, the first being on February 10 and the last on March 7.

 

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