Pragatisheel Samajwadi Lohia Party (PSPL) leader Shivpal Singh Yadav will visit Ayodhya after Navratri and announce a “major decision” regarding his next policy move.
Shivpal has already given enough hints of his growing preference for the BJP by following Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on social media platforms. He even posted a photo of Ram Darbar from his Twitter account on Monday.
Although the BJP has maintained a studied silence on Shivpal joining the Safran Parivar, party sources say that with Shivpal in the BJP, the strategy for the 2024 elections could take a big step forward.
“Shivpal Singh Yadav is a respected leader among Yadavs and his followers are sure to benefit any party he joins,” admitted a party official.
The BJP, which had hitherto focused on non-Yadav OBCs, is now delighted that under the leadership of Shivpal Yadav the party can hope to secure a slice of Yadav votes in the upcoming Lok Sabha belt elections. Yadav which includes Etah, Etawah, Mainpuri, Kannauj, Firozabad and Farrukhabad.
The BJP knows that if it welcomes Shivpal Yadav into the party, it would be a major psychological blow to the Samajwadi leadership which has yet to recover from Aparna Yadav’s membership in the BJP.
According to the political vine, the BJP is considering a proposal to appoint Shivpal Yadav as Deputy Speaker of the State Assembly.
The post of vice-president traditionally goes to the opposition.
Last year, the BJP played a similar game by appointing SP MLA rebel Nitin Agarwal as vice-president.
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