The Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party received another setback in Uttar Pradesh before the crucial assembly polls when rebel Congress MLA Aditi Singh from Rae Bareli's Sadar seat joined the Bharatiya Janata Party here on Wednesday.
Along with Aditi, rebel BSP MLA from Sagri constituency in Azamgarh district, Vandana Singh, also joined the BJP. Vandana Singh was suspended by the BSP for anti-party activities.
Vandana said that the BSP leadership never heard her side and suspended her without any reason. “Thereafter I met Yogi Adityanath and he asked me to join the BJP,” she said.
Leaders of various political parties took the membership of the BJP in presence of party’s state president Swatantra Dev Singh at the party state headquarters here.
Welcoming both the leaders, Singh said joining of these sitting MLAs gave a clear picture of what would happen in 2022 assembly polls
Rebel Congress MLA from Rae Bareli Sadar, Aditi Singh, has been criticising the Congress and appreciating the policies of the BJP government for a long time. Recently, Aditi Singh had clearly said that she wanted to be a part of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's team and claimed that CM Yogi was the most popular chief minister.
Aditi had even criticised Priyanka Gandhi, saying she is only doing drama. "If she had been aware of women’s pride, she would have first acted against her personal secretary Sandeep Singh, who has been booked for molesting a woman," Aditi said, adding that the Congress general secretary was only doing politics and the Congress had no issues.
In the 2017 elections, Aditi became the heir to her father's political legacy. She became MLA by winning the election on Congress ticket. Along with this, she kept giving rebellious statements against the party. During this, her closeness with the ruling party increased.
Aditi Singh is the daughter of former Sadar MLA Akhilesh Singh. Akhilesh Singh passed away in August, 2019. Akhilesh was a five-time MLA from Rae Bareli Sadar seat. Aditi Singh left the Congress after the death of her father. Not only this, she openly spoke against the Congress. On November 21, 2019, Aditi Singh got married to Angad Saini, the Congress MLA from Punjab.