UP Polls 2017: SP leader Beni Prasad Verma's son likely to join BJP

If Rakesh would join the BJP it would be the second major setback to the SP, the first being Ambika Chaudhary joining the BSP two days back.

UP Polls 2017: SP leader Beni Prasad Verma

While the conflicts over ticket distribution continue in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party Rajya sabha member Beni Prasad Verma's son Rakesh, SP candidate from Kaiserganj, is likely to join BJP.

If Rakesh would join the BJP it would be the second major setback to the SP, the first being Ambika Chaudhary joining the BSP two days back.

Before the family feud in the SP camp intensified, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav had given the party ticket to Rakesh from Ramnagar in Barabanki district. However, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav shifted Rakesh from Ramnagar to Kaiserganj which is the hometown of Beni Prasad Verma.


Beni Prasad Verma, a prominent face of Kurmi with influence in the area around Bahraich, had joined the SP after parting ways with the Congress. After his return, Beni was made Rajya Sabha member in 2016. Apparently unhappy with his son being shifted to Kaiserganj and minister Arvind Singh Gope getting the party ticket from Ramnagar, Beni is believed to be in a mood for a new political shelter.