BSP MLA meets Azam Khan,may soon join SP

D P Yadav,BSP’s sitting MLA from Sahaswan,Badaun,is ready to join the Samajwadi Party.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: January 1, 2012 2:26 am

D P Yadav,BSP’s sitting MLA from Sahaswan,Badaun,is ready to join the Samajwadi Party. Earlier the BSP had denied him ticket for the 2012 Assembly elections. Yadav reportedly met Azam Khan late on Friday evening in Rampur in this regard.

“He met me yesterday and had a discussion on a number of topics,” said Khan,while talking to The Sunday Express over the phone. “He has already left the BSP and has shown interest in joining the party,” said Khan,adding that if all goes well,Yadav will be inducted in the party soon.

Though Khan maintained that Yadav’s ticket will only be decided after he joins the party,sources in the party said that Yadav may bag a ticket from Moradabad district. Yadav’s return to the SP is seen as the party leadership’s endeavour to strengthen SP’s position in Western Uttar Pradesh,where,except for Azam Khan,the party has lost all other veterans.

Earlier this month,Rajya Sabha MP and SP’s old horse Rashid Masood defected to Congress and another veteran Shafiqur Rahman Barq from Moradabad is now BSP MP from Sambhal.

A don-turned-politician,Yadav and his wife Umlesh Yadav won the 2007 Assembly elections from Badaun district’s two Assembly seats from their own party,Rashtriya Parivartan Dal,which was later merged with the BSP in 2008. Yadav also contested the 2009 Lok Sabha elections from Badaun but lost to Mulayam’s nephew Dharmendra Yadav.

Yadav had started his political career with the Samajwadi Party and was the Minister of Panchayati Raj in Mulayam’s government in 1989. A strong man from Bulandshahr,Yadav has a long list of criminal cases pending against him and is amongst the richest politician in the country with declared family assets worth Rs 26 crore in 2007 Assembly elections.

A party hopper,Yadav also had a fling with the BJP in 2004 but was quickly removed from the party given his criminal background. In 2007,he formed his own party with wife Umlesh. However,Umlesh has been disqualified from the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly by the Election Commission of India and barred for contesting elections for the next three years because of complaints of publishing paid news during the last Assembly elections.

With Yadav denied ticket from BSP,he had little choice but to knock SP’s doors. On Friday,Naresh Agarwal and his son Nitin had also joined the SP after Nitin,a sitting MLA from Hardoi,was denied ticket by the BSP.

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