Mulayam Singh’s daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav to join BJP
Aparna Yadav, the daughter-in-law of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav will join the BJP today, according to a top BJP leader. If Ms. Yadav joins the BJP, it will be a major setback for the Samajwadi Party just weeks before the state elections.
In what is seen as a tit-for-tat move after the ruling party struggled a setback last week when three UP ministers and several MLAs changed sides to team up with Akhilesh Yadav, Haryana BJP in-charge Arun Yadav tweeted in Hindi on Tuesday night: “Aparna Yadav, the wife of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s younger son Pratik will join BJP tomorrow in the presence of Yogi Adityanath at 10 am.”
Mulayam Singh Yadav’s son, Akhilesh Yadav, has emerged as a major competitor to the ruling BJP in the upcoming UP elections. He has also won the support of numerous opposition groups, including Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress and Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party, which are attempting to form an anti-BJP alliance ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Earlier, Akhilesh had dismissed speculation about Aparna joining the BJP. He had said, “The BJP is more concerned about my family than me. Are you asking the question after being inspired by the BJP?”
“Despite being the bahu of Mulayam Singh Yadav, Aparna Yadav expressed her opinions on several issues from time to time. We used to feel she is part of the BJP family,” Keshav Maurya said. “Akhilesh is not even successful in his family. As a Chief minister also, he has remained unsuccessful,” the deputy CM said.
“During Akhilesh Yadav’s rule in Uttar Pradesh, western UP was under Azam Khan. There was no safety,” Swatantra Dev, UP BJP chief who was also present at the event, said.
Aparna is no new to politics; she stood for the assembly in 2017 and was defeated by Rita Bahuguna. Aparna plans to contest again from the Lucknow Cantt seat, where incumbent BJP MLA Rita Bahuguna wants her son to be fielded.
Swami Prasad Maurya, Dharam Singh Saini, and Dara Singh Chauhan are three former UP ministers who have joined Akhilesh Yadav’s party.
MLAs including Vinay Shakya, Roshan Lal Verma, Mukesh Verma, and Bhagwati Sagar followed the same path following the evacuation.
The young politician stood for the Samajwadi Party in the 2017 state election from Lucknow Cantt, finishing in second after Rita Bahuguna Joshi, who had left the Congress to join the BJP at the time. Aparna is the founder of beware, a women’s advocacy group that also manages a cow shelter in Lucknow. Ms. Yadav has already made headlines for supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “development projects.”
Between February 10 and March 7, the UP will vote in seven phases; the results will be announced on March 10.
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