Mulayam Singh's daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav joins BJP

Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav's daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav with party president JP Nadda, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya, after joining the BJP at the party headquarters in New Delhi on January 19, 2022. (Wasim Sarvar/IANS)

Mulayam Singh's daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav joins BJP

New Delhi, January 19, 2022

Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav's daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav on Wednesday joined the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) just three weeks ahead of the first phase of polling in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

She joined the BJP in the presence of Uttar Pradesh state unit president Swatantra Dev Singh, UP deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, and BJP media department head Anil Baluni, at party headquarters here.

Welcoming Aparna in the party, Singh said that Mulayam Singh Yadav's "bahu" (daughter-in-law) is joining the BJP and she will work to strengthen the party.

Maurya said, "Despite being Mulayam Singh Yadav's daughter-in-law, she always spoke in favour of BJP's work."

Taking a dig at Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Maurya said, "Akhilesh was not successful in managing family, as chief minister and also as a Member of Parliament. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and my name were announced in the first list of BJP. Akhilesh, who always tried to take credit for BJP government's work, does not have the courage to contest assembly polls from anywhere in Uttar Pradesh."

Aparna thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Adityanath for giving her an opportunity to join the BJP.

"I am always influenced by the Prime Minister and spoke about Swachh Bharat Mission or works done to empower women. For me, the nation is priority and now I have started a journey on the path of nation-building," Aparna said.

It is learnt that she is seeking a ticket from Lucknow Cantonment assembly seat. However, the BJP leadership has clarified that there is no pre-condition for joining the party.

Aparna, wife of Mulayam Singh Yadav's son and Samajwadi President Akhilesh Yadav's brother Pratik Yadav, had unsuccessfully contested the 2017 polls against the BJP's Rita Bahuguna Joshi from Lucknow Cantonment.

Meanwhile, Joshi, the BJP Lok Sabha member from Allahabad, has offered to resign from parliament if the party is ready to give a ticket to her son Mayank Joshi in the Assembly polls.

The Uttar Pradesh assembly polls will be held in seven phases between February 10 and March 7. Counting of votes will be held on March 10.

IANS

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