Rajya Sabha Election: BSP MLA Anil Singh votes for BJP candidates, says 'followed my conscience'
In a jolt to the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), its legislator Anil Singh on Friday voted for BJP candidates in the Rajya Sabha polls currently underway in Uttar Pradesh.
Lucknow: In a jolt to the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), its legislator Anil Singh on Friday voted for BJP candidates in the Rajya Sabha polls currently underway in Uttar Pradesh.
Talking to the media after casting his vote, Singh, who met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday night, said he voted for the BJP on "antaratma ki awaaz" (inner call).
His move sent shock waves in the Opposition camp, specially the BSP which is counting each vote to get its lone candidate Bhim Rao Ambedkar elected to the Upper House of Parliament.
The BSP MLA, however, said he did not know what his other party legislators were up to.
In a related development, Nitin Agarwal, the Samajwadi Party (SP) legislator from Hardoi, also voted for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates.
His father Naresh Agarwal joined the BJP earlier this month.
Nitin Agarwal told the media that the people would punish the unholy alliance between the SP and the BSP.
"The SP preferred a person who entertains the society (Jaya Bachchan) over a person who serves the society (Naresh Agarwal) which is very unfortunate," he said, predicting that all the nine BJP candidates would win.
Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya also claimed that the BJP candidates would sail through comfortably.
Voting for the 10 seats began at 9 am at the Tilak hall in the Vidhan Sabha building.
It will conclude at 4 pm, after which counting will begin at 5 pm.
Among the first to vote was former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav's estranged uncle, Shivpal Singh Yadav who is the SP legislator from Jaswantnagar.
Talking to reporters after casting his vote, Yadav said he was sure that the BSP's candidate would win the Rajya Sabha seat.
Congress legislators have also cast their vote. Leader of the Congress legislature party in the Assembly, Ajay Kumar 'Lallu' said all the conspiracies and dirty tricks of the BJP to wean away MLAs from other parties will fail miserably.
The Congress's seven legislators have pledged support to the BSP candidate.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath was also in the Vidhan Sabha premises along with many of his ministerial colleagues. The BJP has fielded nine candidates while the SP and BSP have named one each.
Deloitte India was asked to go through the current policy related to various sectors, and give a report on the amendments required so that it can be helpful in bringing investment to the state and in the development of the region
Earlier this month, some people offered namaz inside Lulu Mall creating controversy. After CM Adityanath had taken a strong note of the incident, police took action and several persons were arrested in the case
Earlier on Monday, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath undertook an aerial survey of the ongoing Kanwar Yatra in western part of the state