BSP MP joined BJP when party doesn't need my note, Mayawati replied.

Ritesh Pandey shared his resignation letter on X this morning.

New Delhi:

In another big-ticket move ahead of the general elections, Lok Sabha MP Ritesh Pandey today quit the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party and joined the BJP. The 42-year-old represents the Ambedkar Nagar parliamentary seat in Uttar Pradesh. His father Rakesh Pandey is a Samajwadi Party MLA in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly.

Addressing the media after joining the BJP, Mr. Pandey said that he was inspired by Prime Minister Modi's vision of a developed India and joined the BJP to work towards that goal.

This morning Mr. Pandey shared the resignation letter on X that he sent to BSP chief and former Chief Minister Mayawati. The letter thanked him for giving him the opportunity to represent the party in the Lok Sabha. “I sought your guidance from the moment I entered public life through the BSP,” the letter said.

It then addresses the elephant in the room. “For a long time, I am not being called for meetings. I am not even a part of leadership discussions. I have tried several times to meet you and senior leaders, but to no avail. “I have come to the conclusion that the party is no more. I need my service and my presence. I am left with no option but to resign from the core membership of the party. The decision to sever ties with the party is emotionally difficult.”

Sources told NDTV that Mr Pandey was in touch with BJP national general secretary Sunil Bansal. The BJP has reportedly offered to field him from the seat he currently represents.

Soon after Mr. Pandey announced his resignation, BSP chief Mayawati posted a thread on X that is being seen as a response to the MP's allegations. The BSP, he said, was a “movement” dedicated to the mission of anti-Dalit icon BR Ambedkar. “That is why the ideology, functioning and selection of candidates of this party are different from other capitalist parties,” he wrote.

Taking a jibe at the outgoing MP, he said party MPs should examine themselves whether they care for their constituents and give them time. He said that if they have followed the instructions of the party, they should also examine themselves.

“Is it possible to give tickets to Lok Sabha MPs when they are roaming around for their own selfish purposes and remain part of the negative debate? The interests of the party are paramount,” he said, indicating that Mr. Pandey The election ticket of BSP may not have been received. He stayed.

Mr Pandey, an alumnus of the European Business School in London, has been a prominent member of parliament, expressing his party's position on various issues since being elected as an MP in 2019. Lunch with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Parliament Canteen.

Mr. Pandey also shared pictures of the lunch meeting. “It was truly an honor to invite Prime Minister @narendramodi ji to lunch today and learn how he has used his insights from the 2001 Bhuj earthquake to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. What an insightful discussion – thank you for joining us. Done!” he said.

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