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UP elections: Third minister quits from Adityanth’s Cabinet

Uttar Pradesh minister and backward caste leader Dharam Singh Saini on Thursday resigned from the state Cabinet with less than a month left for the Assembly elections, reported NDTV. He is the third minister from Adityanath’s Cabinet and the tenth Bharatiya Janata Party leader to have quit in the last three days.

Saini said he was resigning due to “gross neglect” of Dalits, backward castes, farmers, unemployed youth and small traders.

UP Minister Dharam Singh Saini resigns pic.twitter.com/Ey7fxThUtN

— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) January 13, 2022

Minutes after Saini resigned, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav welcomed him. However, Saini has not confirmed if he is joining the Samajwadi Party.

“With the arrival of another warrior of ‘social justice’, Dr Dharam Singh Saini ji, our ‘positive and progressive politics’ has received more enthusiasm and strength,” Yadav wrote on Twitter. “Hearty welcome and greetings to him in SP! In 2022 inclusiveness and harmony are sure to win!”

Saini is a four-time MLA from Nakud in Saharanpur district. He was the minister of state (independent charge), ayush, food security and drug administration.

Saini was earlier with Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party. He had joined the BJP in 2016 along with Swami Prasad Maurya, who on Tuesday had also quit the Cabinet.

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