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Ahead Of UP Polls, Mulayam Singh's Key Aide Ambika Chaudhary Crosses Over To Mayawati's Party

Ahead Of UP Polls, Mulayam Singh's Key Aide Ambika Chaudhary Crosses Over To Mayawati's Party
Ambika Chaudhary has been an active politician for 40 years and with Samajwadi Party for 2 decades.
Lucknow: It was a usual Mayawati press conference in Lucknow, with a one-hour address from the Bahujan Samaj Party chief. And then came the shock, at the very end.

As Mayawati was wrapping up her press conference, senior Samajwadi Party leader and someone extremely close to former SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Ambika Chaudhary walked in. Ambika Chaudhary is a former legislator from eastern Uttar Pradesh and was also a minister in the Uttar Pradesh government, till chief minister Akhilesh Yadav sacked him a few months ago.

Ambika Chaudhary has been an active politician for 40 years and with the Samajwadi Party for two decades. In the party, Ambika Chaudhary is known as the think-tank and was known to frequently advise both Mulayam Singh and his now sidelined brother Shivpal Yadav on political and legal matters, including in the representations made by Mulayam Singh to the Election Commission recently, in the fight over the party's name and symbol with Akhilesh Yadav.

"In a political party like the SP, its first responsibility should have been to protect the interests of the people of UP. But the events of the last few months have proved to me that the entire objective of what happened was something else," said Ambika Chaudhary, as he accepted a bouquet from Mayawati.

Sources close to Ambika Chaudhary said that the veteran politician had been told by Akhilesh Yadav's camp that he would not be given a ticket by them to fight the upcoming polls from his home district Ballia, in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Mr Chaudhary was also extremely close to Shivpal Yadav, who has been given a seat from his constituency by Akhilesh Yadav, but only after a special recommendation from Mulayam Singh Yadav.

"Let him make the request. I'll then consider it and let all of you know," said Mayawati, when asked if Shivpal Yadav could also defect.

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About The Campaign

NDTV in partnership with UBER is launching a sustained campaign 'Roshan Dilli'  to try and raise safety standards in India's capital, New Delhi.

Our focus is to try and improve lighting in public spaces in the city. Lighting is a key factor in shaping women's perceptions of safety

The initiative will provide a platform for all stakeholders to discuss our goal of improving safety standards, to start a conversation about safety of women in the country

It will also highlight various interventions and solutions that help to make women safe and put the spotlight on what more can be done.

The campaign will accentuate the need for Safety to be a shared responsibility

The need for gender sensitization and how law enforcement and civil society through checks and education can try and make women safer

We hope you will join us and help make New Delhi a safer city for women.

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