UP elections 2022: Aparna Yadav joins BJP
As the Uttar Pradesh polls get nearer, the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mulayam Singh Yadav‘s daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav joined the BJP. Aparna joined the BJP just three weeks ahead of the first phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh.
Aparna thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for giving her an opportunity to join the BJP. She joined the BJP in presence of Uttar Pradesh state unit president Swatantra Dev Singh, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, BJP media department head Anil Baluni, at party headquarters here.
This comes as a major setback for the Samajwadi Party, which has been campaigning hard against the ruling party in Uttar Pradesh, under the leadership of Aparna’s brother-in-law, Akhilesh Yadav.
Welcoming Aparna to the party, Singh said that Mulayam Singh Yadav’s ‘Bahu‘ (daughter-in-law) is joining BJP and she will work to strengthen the party.
Deputy Chief Minister Maurya said, “Despite being Mulayam Singh Yadav’s daughter-in-law, she always spoke in favour of BJP’s work.
Sneering at Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Maurya said, “Akhilesh was not successful in managing family, as chief minister and also as a Member of Parliament. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and my name were announced in the first list of BJP. Akhilesh, who always tried to take credit for BJP government’s work has no courage to contest assembly polls from anywhere in the Uttar Pradesh.”
“I am always influenced by the Prime Minister and spoke about Swachh Bharat Mission or works done to empower women. For me nation is the priority and now started a journey on the path of nation-building,” Aparna said.
Although Aparna is eyeing a ticket from the Lucknow Cantt Assembly seat, however, the BJP leadership has clarified that there is no pre-condition for joining.
Aparna, the wife of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s son Pratik Yadav, had unsuccessfully contested the 2017 polls against BJP Rita Bahuguna Joshi from Lucknow Cantt. BJP Lok Sabha member from Allahabad, Joshi, meanwhile, offered to resign from parliament if the party is ready to give the ticket to her son Mayank Joshi in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.
The Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls will be held in seven phases in February-March starting from February 10. Counting of votes will be held on March 10.
BJP’s official handle shared the video of her joining the BJP and tweeted, “Smt. Aparna Bisht Yadav joins BJP in presence of senior party leaders in New Delhi. #JoinBJP”
— BJP (@BJP4India) January 19, 2022
[With Inputs from IANS]
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