Hours after resigning from the cabinet, former Uttar Pradesh Minister Dharam Singh Saini made a big claim predicting that one Minister and three to four MLAs will quit the BJP every day in the run-up to the assembly elections. Alleging ‘suppression’ of Dalits under the CM Yogi Adityanath-led government, the prominent backward caste leader promised to follow the footsteps of senior leader Swami Prasad Maurya whose resignation kickstarted the mass exodus.
Moments after resigning from the BJP-led state cabinet, Saini on Thursday joined the Samajwadi Party. SP supremo Akhilesh Yadav took to his Twitter handle to welcome the “social justice warrior”. “In 2022, the victory of inclusive harmony is certain!” SP chief Yadav further wrote in the tweet which had a picture of himself with Saini embedded. Saini who held independent charge of the AYUSH and Food Security and Drug Administration had joined the saffron party in 2016.
‘सामाजिक न्याय’ के एक और योद्धा डॉ. धर्म सिंह सैनी जी के आने से, सबका मेल-मिलाप-मिलन करानेवाली हमारी ‘सकारात्मक और प्रगतिशील राजनीति’ को और भी उत्साह व बल मिला है। सपा में उनका ससम्मान हार्दिक स्वागत एवं अभिनंदन!
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) January 13, 2022