Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday tweeted his picture with Dara Singh Chauhan who became the second minister from poll-bound Uttar Pradesh to quit the team Yogi Adityanath in less than 48 hours.
A flurry of exits that started with Swami Prasad Maurya’s sudden resignation yesterday has not been ended on Wednesday as another Uttar Pradesh Minister Dara Singh Chauhan quit team Yogi Adityanath.
Chauhan is the second minister and also the second OBC leader to exit from Yogi Adityanath cabinet just before the Uttar Pradesh election next month.
Apart from UP minister Maurya and Chauhan, a total of six MLAs have now resigned from his post in the state. They all are set to join the Samajwadi Party of Akhilesh Yadav.
Dara Singh Chauhan, who served as the Minister of Forest and Environment in the Yogi Adityanath government, resigned from his post on Wednesday alleging government’s negligence for OBC and dalits.
Using almost the same language as Swami Prasad Maurya used in his letter, Chauhan said in his letter that he was quitting the ministry because of the government’s neglectful attitude towards the backward classes, the underprivileged, the Dalits, the farmers, and the unemployed youth.
Like his earlier tweet for reconsidering Maurya’s demands, the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya tweeted and promised to reconsider the move.
Dara Singh Chauhan’s resignation from the Yogi cabinet could give a jolt to the BJP’s electioneering prospects ahead of the upcoming assembly polls.
Chauhan, who is from eastern UP, had joined the BJP in 2015 after quitting Mayawati’s BSP. He was a BSP MP from 2009 to 2014.
Like five others, who exited team Yogi Adityanath, yeasterday, he is likely following the BSP-BJP-Samajwadi Party circuit.
The elections for the 403-member Uttar Pradesh assembly will be held in seven phases, polling will be held on February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27, and March 3 and 7 in seven phases and the counting of votes will take place on March 10.