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UP Polls | Aparna Yadav, Mulayam Singh Daughter-In-Law, Joins BJP: All About Her

Yadav said he was thankful to the BJP for giving a ticket to 'those who couldn't get one from the Samajwadi Party'.

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Aparna Yadav, the daughter-in-law of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party (SP) founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday, 19 January.

"I am very thankful to BJP. The nation always comes first for me. I admire PM Modi's work and the various schemes of the BJP," Yadav said at the joining ceremony.

'Convey My Best Wishes': Akhilesh Yadav

Her joining the BJP comes as a major blow to the Samajwadi Party, which has been campaigning hard against the ruling party in Uttar Pradesh, under the leadership of Aparna's brother-in-law, Akhilesh Yadav.

When asked about Aparna Yadav's joining of the BJP, Akhilesh Yadav said, "First of all I would like to congratulate and convey my best wishes. We are happy that the socialist ideology is expanding. We hope that our ideology will reach there and work to save the Constitution and democracy."

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"Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) had tried his best to counsel her..." he added.

"I want to thank the BJP that they are giving tickets to those who even we are unable to give tickets to," he stated.

Meanwhile, UP CM Yogi Adityanath took to Twitter to welcome Aparna Yadav. "We hope that Aparna Yadav will strengthen BJP with her work," he told ANI.

Commenting on Aparna's induction, Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya said, "Akhilesh Yadav is unsuccessful in his family, he was also unsuccessful as a chief minister."

What Else Did Aparna Yadav Say?

On being asked if she would contest the upcoming Assembly polls from the Lucknow Cantt seat, Yadav told ANI: "Whatever they (BJP) will say, I will do it."

She was also quoted as saying:

"I have always been very vocal about the policies and ideologies of PM Modi and BJP. Nationalism is a very important aspect of my life. I've always thought of nation before anything."
Aparna Yadav

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Aparna Yadav had contested in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections from the Lucknow Cantt seat, and had lost to BJP candidate Rita Bahuguna Joshi. She runs a cow shelter in Lucknow and also directs 'B Aware' foundation, which works for women's issues.

Her induction into the BJP comes merely days after the Samajwadi Party had poached 11 leaders, including 3 ministers, from the saffron party.

The Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, which will take place in seven phases beginning 10 February, will see parties contesting in 403 Assembly constituencies.

The BJP, which presently holds a majority in the state, had won the 2017 polls with a large mandate of 312 seats. The Samajwadi Party had come second with 47 seats.

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