Another day at capital came up with another political surprise when SP’s old guard Ambika Chowdhary joined BSP. Chowdhary claimed that he was saddened by the way SP supremo was treated by his son Akhilesh Yadav in past few weeks. He joined the party in the presence of BSP chief Mayawati at the party headquarters at Lucknow.
Ambika addressed scribes at BSP headquarters and said “The infighting was not a small family feud but it was something else, and they were supposed to stop BJP from coming into power rather than claiming thrones.”
“I am in politics from past 40 years and I had given 25 years to SP, The way Netaji was treated had never happened in this country and even his rivals had never used such gesture against him, I am saddened and shocked to see the socialist patriarch being treated in such a way and i hereby resign from all party portfolios.”
“I am thankful to BSP chief Behan Mayawati ji for giving me a chance in decisive fight against the communal forces, and I am sure I will prove my worth in strengthening the party”. He added.
Ambika was on Shivpal’s side during the ongoing family feud in SP and he was expelled by Akhilesh along with Narad Rai, OP Singh and Shadab Fatima. In 2012 Ambika lost the elections to Upendra Tiwari of BJP who defeated him by 7387 votes.
Ambika is a Yadav and was elected as MLA for the first time from Kopacheet assembly of Ballia in 1993 through SP. He was re-elected in 1996, 2002 and 2007 respectively. Despite his loss in 2012 he was gifted with a cabinet portfolio due to his loyalties with Shivpal.
On the other and BSP supremo looked jubilant and she managed the entire joining ceremony by herself and took Chowdhary along with her on Dias. In past, she had never shown such gesture for anyone who had joined BSP.
She addressed a press conference and said “I have taken him in the party and he will be given full respect in the BSP at all levels, much more than he was getting in the SP. The party will field him from his old seat of Phephna in Ballia in the Assembly polls.”
She had also countered BJP and RSS over the latest remarks made by Manmohan vaidya and said “reservation is our birthright and we will never allow anyone to snatch it from us.”
“Modi and BJP will get a lesson in these elections and Akhilesh yadav was a no performing CM, the people will show them their ways and BSP will come in power.”
SP’s loss and gain- Akhilesh and his advisors were pretty sure about such swaping by Ambika and one cabinet minister close to Akhilesh told WFN “Ambika was not useful as per our surveys and he was not fit for candidature so we had dcided to change tickets, that made him change loyalties. But we cannot grant tickets on basis of emotional attachment and we will have to be professional especially when we are going for a tough electoral battle.”
‘Akhilesh ji and his team are granting tickets only after a great deal of research and scrutiny and such episodes will never hamper our moral.” He added.
The latest rumor in Lucknow is that around 21 MLA’s of sp whose tickets had been changed or deducted are likely to join BJP, BSP and other parties in upcoming days.