UP polls: Mulayam Singh's key aide Ambika Chaudhary joins Mayawati's BSP

Ambika Chaudhary was a frequent advisor to Mulayam Singh and his brother Shivpal Yadav on political and legal matters

UP polls: Mulayam Singh

With less than two weeks left until the Uttar Pradesh state assembly election, senior Samajwadi Party leader and a close aide to Mulayam Singh Yadav, on Saturday joined Mayawati’s BSP, citing infighting in the ruling party as the reason for his decision.

Ambika Chaudhary is a former legislator from eastern Uttar Pradesh and was also a minister in the Uttar Pradesh government, till chief minister Akhilesh Yadav sacked him a few months ago. He is known as the think tank of Samajwadi Party and also is a frequent advisor to Mulayam Singh and his brother Shivpal Yadav on political and legal matters, including in the representations made by Mulayam Singh to the Election Commission recently, in the fight over the party's name and symbol with Akhilesh Yadav.

"In a political party like the SP, its first responsibility should have been to protect the interests of the people of UP. But the events of the last few months have proved to me that the entire objective of what happened was something else," said Ambika Chaudhary, as he accepted a bouquet from Mayawati.

Reports have quoted its sources as saying that the veteran politician had been told by Akhilesh Yadav's camp that he would not be given a ticket by them to fight the upcoming polls from his home district Ballia, in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Chaudhary was also extremely close to Shivpal Yadav, who has been given a seat from his constituency by Akhilesh Yadav, but only after a special recommendation from Mulayam Singh Yadav. When asked if Shivpal Yadav could also defect, Mayawati said, "Let him make the request. I'll then consider it and let all of you know."