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After the leaders of the OBC, the key leader of “Gujjar” leaves the BJP and joins RLD

In another setback for the BJP, influential “Gujjar” leader and Muzaffarnagar district party lawmaker Avtar Singh Bhadana resigned from the Saffron party on Wednesday and joined Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).

According to RLD sources, Bhadana had a meeting with RLD President Jayant Chaudhary in Delhi, after which he announced his decision to leave the BJP.

Sources said that Bhadana, an MP from the Mirpur assembly seat in Muzaffarnagar, would likely be offered an RLD nomination from the Jewar seat. The RLD was part of the alliance led by the Samajwadi Party (SP).

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Bhadana, who was seen as an influential “Gujjar” community leader, had criticized the Center and the state government for handling the agitation by farmers against the now repealed farm laws.

Jayant Chaudhary, in a message on his Twitter account, welcomed Bhadana to his party and said his entry would strengthen the RLD in the western region of the UP.

Bhadana’s exit came at a time when the Saffron Party was already facing opposition from the powerful “Jat” community in the western districts of the UP. Districts in the western part of the state would go to the polls in the first phase of voting for the state assembly on February 10.

Bhadana is the fourth top BJP leader to quit the party in the past 24 hours. Top BJP leader and UP minister Swami Prasad Maurya resigned from cabinet on Tuesday. Three other BJP MPs, Roshan Lal Verma, Brijesh Prajapati and Bhagwati Sagar, had also left the BJP.

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