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After quitting BJP, ministers Dharam Singh, SP Maurya, 5 MLAs join Samajwadi Party

After quitting the Bhartiya Janta Party, ministers Dharam Singh, Swami Prasad Maurya, and 5 other MLAs have joined the Akhilesh Yadav Samajwadi Party on Friday, January 14 ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2022.

Five other MLAs who joined the Samajwadi Party includes Roshanlal Verma, Bhagwati Sagar, Brijesh Prajapati, Vinay Shakya, and Mukesh Verma.

Earlier this week, Swami Prasad Maurya resigned from the post of Cabinet minister and accused the BJP of neglecting the OBC community and farmers of Uttar Pradesh. Following his resignation, as many as nine ministers including Dara Singh Chauhan and Dharam Singh Saini also resigned from the party.

Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav announced on Friday that the party will not contest against Congress Asha Devi who is the mother of the victim of the 2017 Unnao rape case. Congress on Thursday, January 11 released the first list of 125 candidates for the upcoming assembly elections. Out of 125, the party gave tickets to 50 women.

Some prominent faces who will be contesting from Congress are Pankhuri Pathak from Noida, Lucknow Central to Sadaf Zafar who went to jail for anti-NRC agitation, Salman Khurshid’s wife Louise Khurshid will contest from Farrukhabad, Aradhana Mishra from Rampur Khas, Asha worker Poonam Pandey from Shahjahanpur, Archana Gautam from Hastinapur.

Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2022 will be contested in seven phases. As per the schedule announced by the Election Commission of India, the polls will start on February 10.

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