In a striking political development ahead of the assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, senior SP leader Ambika Chaudhary left Samajwadi Party (SP) and joined the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Saturday. Chaudhary was considered a key aide of Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shivpal Singh Yadav. The shift happened when Mayawati was addressing a press conference at BSP office. Chaudhary walked right in and said that he wanted to join BSP, as he was not happy with the current developments in Samajwadi Party.
He said he was not pleased with Akhilesh Yadav taking control of the party from his father and becoming the party’s national president. He also added that Akhilesh’s move has created a lot of confusion among party workers. There’s a possibility that the current state-of-affairs in Samajwadi Party can give an opportunity to BJP to win the assembly elections in UP, he said. Chaudhary has submitted his resignation from all the posts he held in Samajwadi Party.
After Chaudhary made clear his intentions, he was immediately given the ticket to contest from Phephna seat in Ballia district. “I have taken him in the party and he will be given full respect in the BSP at all levels, much more than he was getting in the SP. The party will field him from his old seat in Ballia in the Assembly polls,” Mayawati said.