Several sitting SP MLAs are also likely to be among the probable nominees, sources said. While BSP leaders confirmed the development, those from the ruling Samajwadi Party refused to rule out the possible defections.
"A new trend has started. Some people want to hold an event to commemorate Yakub Memon and some to commemorate Afzal Guru. These people used to comprise a small section of jihadists and a big group of Maoists," said Jaitley.