The induction of Hari Om Yadav into the saffron party is seen as an important development politically, as he won the Sirsaganj seat thrice in 2002, 2012, 2017 and is a relative of Tej Pratap Singh Yadav, cousin of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav.
New Delhi: The BJP's poll preparedness in the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh got a shot in the arm on Wednesday (January 12) as three important leaders, including two from Samajwadi Party, switched sides.
Congress legislator from Behat in the Saharanpur region, Naresh Saini, Sirsaganj MLA Hari Om Yadav of Samajwadi Party, and a former SP leader Dharmpal Singh joined BJP in Delhi ahead of Uttar Pradesh elections.
The induction of Hari Om Yadav is seen as an important catch politically, as he won the Sirsaganj seat thrice in 2002, 2012, and 2017. He is also related to the Samajwadi Party's former MP, Tej Pratap Singh Yadav, a cousin of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav.
Similarly, Dr Dharmpal Singh, switching over to BJP, is also vital as he is considered a strong local face in the Etmadpur assembly constituency in the Agra region.
Congress leader Naresh Saini is a known face in Saharanpur region politics. Saini said, "I decided to join the BJP as I was impressed by the performance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath."