Budaun (UP): Samajwadi party leader Dharmendra Yadav says he has withdrawn his election petition filed in the Allahabad High Court against incumbent MP Sanghamitra Maurya, accusing her of submitting “information incorrect” in a probing affidavit.
Maurya, the daughter of Samajwadi party leader Swami Prasad Maurya, had fought in the 2019 general election in Budaun on a BJP ticket.
She had won the competition by beating Dharmendra Yadav, then an incumbent MP, by a margin of 18,000 votes.
Dharmendra Yadav is a cousin of SP leader Akhilesh Yadav.
After the conclusion of the 2019 general election, Dharmendra Yadav filed the motion claiming that certain information provided by Sanghamitra Maurya in his election affidavit was incorrect.
He had also alleged voter fraud in his petition and accused election officials of not being fair.
Dharmendra Yadav told PTI on Saturday that he filed an undertaking to withdraw the petition a few months ago, which was accepted by the High Court last Friday.
“It seems that the petition is no longer needed now. Swami Prasad Maurya, father of Sanghamitra Maurya, is in our party, and to avoid a situation of divergence, the petition has been withdrawn.” Swami Prasad Maurya, who was a minister in Yogi Adityanath’s previous government, was part of the BJP at the time of the 2019 general elections.
He had joined the SP just before the recent National Assembly elections and is currently an SP MLC.
Sanghamitra Maurya, reacting to the development, said, “I don’t know his personal thoughts before withdrawing the petition. I just want to say that he accepted the loss in 2019 with his heart.” When asked if she would join the SP like her father, she replied: “I have the support of the people. I have not been influenced by anyone in the last three years. If Dharmendra Yadav wants to join the BJP , he is welcome.”