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mayank: Has Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s son Mayank ditched BJP for SP? | India Information

NEW DELHI: BJP MP Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s son Mayank Joshi might have joined Samajwadi Get together (SP) and an official announcement might be made within the coming days.
On Tuesday, SP president Akhilesh Yadav had tweeted his {photograph} with Mayank and stated, “A courtesy assembly with Mayank Joshi.”

Sources advised TOI that every one formalities on Mayank becoming a member of SP have been full. “It’s clear from the assembly that Mayank has joined SP. The formal announcement can be made within the coming days,” a supply stated.
The assembly was vital for no less than two causes. It got here on the eve of polls to all meeting seats of Lucknow, together with Lucknow Cantonment from the place Mayank was denied a BJP ticket and, second, it was seen as a sign to the state’s Brahmin group, sections of that are stated to be sad with the ruling get together over their diminished affect.
Mayank had sought a BJP ticket from Lucknow Cantt. Rita, BJP’s Lok Sabha MP from Kanpur, had lobbied for a ticket for her son from Lucknow Cantt seat, arguing that he had been energetic there since 2009.
Rita had written to BJP president J P Nadda and supplied to resign from her Lok Sabha seat in lieu of Mayank getting the meeting ticket from Lucknow Cantt in case the get together wished to implement the rule of giving a ticket to just one individual per household. Nevertheless, she had clarified that she wouldn’t give up BJP and would proceed working for the get together.
By tweeting his {photograph} with Mayank a day forward of the fourth section of polls, Akhilesh sought to embarrass BJP and convey to voters that every one was not nicely with the ruling get together and that SP was a better option for them.
It was additionally seen as Akhilesh’s bid to woo the Brahmins who’re believed to be sad with BJP. Rita Bahuguna Joshi is without doubt one of the distinguished Brahmin leaders of BJP in UP and her son paying a “courtesy name” on BJP’s major challenger is embarrassing for the get together governing the state.
Akhilesh might have termed it a “courtesy name” however his get together functionaries stated Mayank had joined SP.
SP spokesperson Fakhrul Hasan Chaand, in a publish on indigenous micro-blogging platform Koo, claimed that his earlier posts on Raj Babbar and Mayank becoming a member of the get together had proved to be true.

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Raj Babbar had give up Congress and rejoined SP on January 28. A day earlier, Chaand had posted on Koo, “A former state president of the Congress, former Samajwadi chief and actor might quickly grow to be a Samajwadi once more.”
Writing the same publish for Mayank on Koo on January 31, Chaand had stated, “Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s son Mayank might be a part of Samajwadi Get together right now night. A gathering of distinguished SP leaders from Lucknow has been convened at 4 pm.”

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Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) nationwide spokesperson Rohit Agarwal additionally claimed on Koo that Mayank had joined SP. He stated that damage by the anti-people insurance policies of BJP, “Mayank Joshi joins the Samajwadi Get together”.
Jayant Chaudhary-led RLD is contesting the UP meeting election as a pre-poll alliance associate of SP.

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