Lucknow: It's a shot in the arm for BJP!
In a major boost ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections, 8 MLAs from different parties have joined BJP in Lucknow on Thursday.
These 8 MLAs belong to SP, BSP and Congress.
Out of 8 MLAs, three are from SP and Congress each while two were from BSP.
They joined BJP in front of UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya.
Earlier, on Monday, Swami Prasad Maurya, an Other Backward Class (OBC) leader in Uttar Pradesh who had recently quit Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), had joined BJP.
The four-time MLA joined the saffron party in presence of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah in New Delhi and claimed that if he received ample support from the party's leadership, then it would come to power in the state with a strong majority.
The assembly polls are due early next year.
Maurya, who was the Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly before he left BSP in June, said he was impressed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's work to empower the weaker sections and lashed out at BSP chief Mayawati for turning her party into an "industrial house" and allegedly selling tickets.