Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, on Thursday has stated that BJP will win more than 300 seats in the upcoming assembly elections, according to the news agency ANI. He further stated that the primary opposition party at the state Samajwadi Party is becoming 'Samapt Party.'
"Congress opposing actions on the corrupt people, indicates they favour corruption. Samajwadi Party is becoming a 'Samapt Party'," he said.
He also expressed his happiness and said that he is delighted to contest the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections from Sirathu (Kaushambi) constituency.
These statements made by him come amid the political tensions at the state. Members of both, BJP and SP are switching sides. The latest name in this list is Aparna Yadav and Pramod Gupta, younger daughter-in-law and brother-in-law of Mulayam Singh Yadav, who joined the BJP on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
Soon after joining the BJP, Gupta took a shot at SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, stating that he has not been following the Samajwadi ideology and has even imprisoned his father.
"SP is giving shelter to mafias and criminals and there is no point in staying in such a party," the new BJP inductee said, adding that no one is permitted to meet Mulayam.
Following Aparna's joining on Wednesday in Delhi, Maurya targeted Akhilesh by saying that he is unsuccessful even within his family. In another tweet, he wrote that breaking the norms of dynasty or family politics, Aparna has chosen the BJP that functions along the path of nationalism.
"Good people always find the right path for themselves," Maurya's tweet added.
Uttar Pradesh assembly polls will be held in seven phases between February 10 and March 7, with the counting of votes taking places on March 10. Elections will occur for 403 seats of the state assembly and the BJP is looking to retain power with the SP and the Congress as its primary competitors.