Both the Congress leaders joined the Samajwadi Party in the presence of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav will contest the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections from Mainpuri's Karhal constituency. Yadav is currently a Lok Sabha MP from Azamgarh.
As big jolt to BJP, former minister and OBC leader Dara Singh Chauhan had joined the Samajwadi Party (SP), days after he resigned from the Yogi Adityanath cabinet on January 12 ahead of the UP polls. Chauhan is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from the Madhuban assembly constituency in Mau district of eastern UP.
Ealier Aparna Yadav joined the BJP in New Delhi delivering a major blow to the Samajwadi Party ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2022. She joined the party in the presence of Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and its state chief Swatantra Dev Singh.
Elections to the 403 assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases starting February 10.