Political agitation is at its peak in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the assembly elections. BJP-backed candidate Nitin Agarwal has won for the post of Deputy Speaker of the UP Assembly. Actually, after about 14 years, a deputy speaker has been made in the state. Samajwadi Party MLA Narendra Singh Verma has been defeated by Nitin Agarwal.
368 votes cast
A total of 368 votes were cast for Deputy Speaker, out of which 4 were invalid. Samajwadi Party candidate Narendra Singh Verma got 60 votes, Nitin Agarwal won with 305 votes. However, during this election there have been reports of cross voting from both sides and opposition.
BSP-Congress MLA cross voting
In the election of Deputy Speaker, Congress and BSP had announced a boycott, but could not stop their MLAs from cross-voting. Congress MLA Aditi Singh and Harchandpur MLA Rakesh Singh cast their votes in support of the BJP candidate, while 7 rebel BSP MLAs voted for the SP candidate.
Apna Dal MLA also cross-voted
BJP had 304 votes, Apna Dal’s 9, Congress 2 and Nitin Agarwal 1 vote was with BJP. In this sense, Nitin Agarwal should have got 316 votes, but he got only 304, it is being told that the MLAs of Apna Dal cast cross votes and supported the opposition.
Apna Dal made serious allegations against BJP
Apna Dal working president Ashish Patel’s statement has come to the fore regarding cross voting. He said that, “The answer should be asked from the ruling party, because RK Verma had no connection with Apna Dal. He used to make rhetoric against the party in public, used to speak against party president Anupriya Patel, but big leaders of BJP used to make him sit on their platform. In such a situation, the state leadership of BJP should answer why did the MLA of Apna Dal cross-voting?”
Cross voting from BJP
In the election of Deputy Speaker, MLAs also cross-voted on behalf of BJP. These include the name of the party’s MLA from Sitapur Sadar, Rakesh Rathore. Rakesh Rathore cast his vote in favor of Samajwadi Party candidate.
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