Updated: January 19, 2022 12:32:20 pm
Samajwadi Party (SP) patron Mulayam Singh Yadav’s daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav Wednesday joined the BJP in Delhi ahead of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh election. She is likely to be fielded as a candidate in the election, said BJP sources.
The switch, a shot in the arm for BJP, comes at a time when a slew of OBC leaders are quitting the saffron party and joining the SP, hurting BJP’s narrative in the poll-bound state.
Aparna, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s younger son Pratik’s wife, joined the BJP at the national headquarters in Delhi in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and the party’s state chief Swatandra Dev Singh.
Aparna had contested and lost the 2017 election to BJP’s Rita Bahuguna Joshi from Lucknow Cantt.
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“We welcome SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav’s daughter-in-law Aparna to the BJP,” Singh said.
Meanwhile, 32-year-old Aparna said she joined BJP “to fulfil her duties towards the country” as for her it is always “nation first.” She said she was influenced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership and the BJP’s policies.
“I have always been inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I now want to try and do better for the country. I have always been very impressed by the schemes of the BJP and I will do my best in the party,” Aparna said.
Aparna, who runs an organisation that works for women in Uttar Pradesh, had publicly praised Modi in the past.
On Wednesday, both Maurya and Singh grabbed the opportunity to slam SP and its leader Akhilesh Singh Yadav. “He has not been able to take care of his family, state or his party nor could he do justice to the state or his Lok Sabha membership. Whenever the BJP government launches a project or a scheme, he claims he had started it. He makes so many claims but can’t even find a seat to contest the assembly election,” Maurya said.
He added that the BJP has already announced both him and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as candidates in the first list itself.
Swatandra said, “Because of SP’s lawlessness, no daughter or son or farmer could live in peace in western Uttar Pradesh. If someone would have approached the police, they used to get a call from Miajaan. It was Azam Khan who ruled the state then and there was an atmosphere of terror in the region. But under the BJP, the people have seen good governance. Aparna Yadav is influenced by the good governance under the BJP government,” he said.
Earlier this month, the BJP faced an embarrassment when three of its ministers and eleven MLAs quit the party and most of them joined the SP, damaging BJP’s narrative of it being a party that stands for OBCs and Dalits.
BJP leaders claim that Aparna’s joining the BJP would help the party to give a blow to SP leadership and could alter the narrative in their favour.
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