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Ex-minister in Yogi cabinet, Dara Singh Chauhan, joins Samajwadi Party

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2022 Assembly Elections Live Updates: Dara Singh Chauhan, a former minister in Yogi Adityanath’s cabinet and a BJP legislator from Madhuban, formally joined the Samajwadi Party in Lucknow on Sunday in the presence of the party’s national president Akhilesh Yadav.

After Swami Prasad Maurya and Dharam Singh Saini, he is the third minister to defect to the Yadav-led party. RK Verma, a sitting MLA from the BJP’s Apna Dal-S, also joined the Samajwadi Party during the day. On Friday, Maurya, Saini, and five other members of the ruling dispensation formally joined the Samajwadi Party.

Over the last two days, all of the BJP’s top leaders have abruptly resigned. From next month, a seven-phase Assembly election will be held in Uttar Pradesh.

Chauhan promised to make Yadav the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, claiming that the BJP took votes from backward communities in 2017 but did not give them anything in return. As a result, all members of backward communities are flocking to the SP,” he explained.

Yadav said, “I congratulate both of you for having joined the fight to defeat and oust the BJP. Let us fight in a manner that the BJP candidates’ poll deposits are forfeited.”

“People of the double-engine government (BJP at the Centre and state) are dismantling each other’s wheels,” he said in an apparent dig at issues between saffron camp leaders in Delhi and UP. 

“There is a saying in English ‘strike the iron when it is hot’. So we decided to welcome these leaders into the party at the right time. The BJP does not understand English saying. If they did, they would go into a depression,” Yadav added.

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