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Sakshi Maharaj criticises Samajwadi Party,
vows to work for BJP candidates

In a fresh jolt to the Samajwadi Party ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly election, its Rajya Sabha member Sakshi Maharaj on Saturday criticised the party and announced that he would work for the success of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates for the February polls while still remaining in the SP.

"While continuing in the SP, I have decided to support the BJP and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)," Sakshi Maharaj told mediapersons in Delhi and lauded Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Rajnath Singh for his plans and programmes for the state's all round development.

He indicated that he would not resign his Rajya Sabha seat.

Describing SP as a party afflicted with evils like dictatorship, nepotism, casteism and capitalism, he said when he had resigned from BJP to join the Samajwadi Party as he felt that the latter was the right organisation, which took care of the downtrodden sections.

Sakshi Maharaj said that though he had sent written complaints to SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, he had not got a single reply.

To register his protest, he did not attend SP's meetings, rallies and its national convention.

Seeking support from all for strengthening Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's hands in tackling terrorism, he said the country has had no prime minister of the stature of Vajpayee.

The statement of Sakshi Maharaj comes close on the heels of expulsion of three SP MPs - Balchandra Yadav, Ramakant Yadav and Kunwar Sarvaraj Singh - besides removal of another MP Balram Singh Yadav from the post of general secretary for their open revolt against the party leadership.

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