Nine Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLAs reportedly met with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav this morning and are reportedly about to cross over to the rival camp in a shake-up certain to influence political equations forward of the Uttar Pradesh election subsequent yr.
BSP chief Mayawati had not too long ago expelled these MLAs.
The BSP gained 19 seats within the 2017 meeting election and misplaced one in a by-election. It presently has 18 MLAs within the Uttar Pradesh meeting and Mayawati has expelled 11 within the final 4 years.
She sacked two senior MLAs not too long ago for anti-party actions.
Seven rebelled through the Rajya Sabha polls final yr and had been expelled.
That leaves the celebration with solely seven MLAs within the UP meeting.
Having BSP MLAs cross over to his facet makes for excellent optics for Akhilesh Yadav forward of state elections lower than a yr away.
The former Chief Minister misplaced energy in a large BJP sweep in 2017, after which Yogi Adityanath took excessive put up.