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Yesterday, three rebel MLAs of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) had joined the SP, taking the strength of dissident BSP legislators switching sides to 40.
BSP MLAs Rambir Shukla, Dharampal Singh and Surendra Patel approached assembly speaker Kesri Nath Tripathi last night to recognise them along with the other 37 BSP MLAs who had joined the SP on Saturday last.
Rajendra Singh Rana, leader of the breakaway group who formed the Loktrantrik Bahujan Dal before merging it with the SP, said he had given names of six BSP MLAs who would be joining the party soon on Saturday last. The three MLAs were among the six of the splinter group who had claimed to join them later.
Assembly sources here today said the three rebel BSP MLAs and the lone JP legislator had been included in the SP list.
Yesterday, Mr Yadav won the vote of confidence by securing 244 votes in the 402-member assembly while the opposition - BJP and BSP - could get only 154 votes.
Meanwhile, a rebel BSP MLA maintained that about 22 more BSP MLAs might join the SP soon. -- UNI
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