Adityanath eats at Dalit household, targets SP

Several BJP and Apna Dal legislators have also quit their respective parties to join the SP.

Gorakhpur: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had a meal at a Dalit household here on Friday and said during the Samajwadi Party rule it was “social exploitation” and not “social justice”, whereas the BJP government was working for the development of every section of society without any discrimination.

Adityanath’s visit to the Dalit family in Gorakhpur came a little before Swami Prasad Maurya, Dara Singh Chauhan and Dharam Singh Saini, who resigned from the government accusing it of being anti-Dalit, gathered at the Samajwadi Party office in Lucknow to take up its membership in the run-up to the assembly polls beginning February 10.

Several BJP and Apna Dal legislators have also quit their respective parties to join the SP.

Maurya, Chauhan and Saini as well as almost all rebel MLAs had cited the state government of not caring for the welfare of Dalits and the backward classes as prime reasons for leaving the saffron camp.

Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases beginning February 10 and the results will be announced on March 10.

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