There has been speculation that the BJP is not confident of Maurya's victory in the Assembly by-poll and earlier there had also been rumours that to avoid a defeat, the party may even ask him to resign from the UP cabinet and continue as a Member of Parliament from Phulpur.
Samajwadi Party leader Bukkal Nawab has resigned from the party, citing former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and party President Akhilesh Yadav's confrontation with his father and former chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, here on Saturday.
On Uttar Pradesh's Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's work report so far, Nawab said, "Yogi is doing a good job. there hasn't been any scam at least".
Former UP Chief Miniter Akhiesh Yadav has blamed the BJP for the resignation of party leaders. The development came hours after BJP's national president Amit Shah reached Lucknow on a three-day visit, fuelling speculations that the three may soon join BJP and some others may follow suit in the near future. "They should not call it the Samajwadi Party but Samajwadi Akhara (people's wrestling arena)", he said. He has said that he had been feeling "suffocated" since the last one year.
He also indicated that the resignations of these three SP members had been taken to ensure a smooth entry of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, his two deputies Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma into the assembly before the deadline of six months.
BSP supremo Mayawati lashed out against the BJP and said that the latter could go to any extent for power.
Mr. Yadav resorted to sarcasm to taunt Mr. Nawab, saying not many days had passed since the Shia leader treated him with sewai on Eid.
Yadav said the BJP is indulging in "political corruption".
"Instead of kneeling before the BJP, they should have have fought back against the terror and oppression of the BJP government", she said adding that "If you don't fight back, the BJP will get emboldened as they have now tasted blood".