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Ritesh Pandey, days after lunch with PM Modi, quits Mayawati's BSP, joins BJP

Feb 25, 2024 01:20 PM IST

Ritesh Pandey shared his resignation letter addressed to BSP chief Mayawati on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MP Ritesh Pandey on Sunday resigned from the party's primary membership saying that the party does not need him as they have not called him for any meetings for a long time, neither the party leadership Mayawati has spoken to him. Shortly after that, Ritesh Pandey joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in New Delhi.

BSP MP Ritesh Pandey resigns from party, joins BJP(PTI)
BSP MP Ritesh Pandey resigns from party, joins BJP(PTI)

This comes days after Pandey met Prime Minister Narendra Modi over lunch, along with seven other opposition MPs in the Parliament canteen. Sharing the pictures of their meeting, Pandey had said: “It was truly an honour to be invited by the Prime Minister @narendramodiji for lunch today and learn how he used his insights from the 2001 Bhuj Earthquake to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. What an insightful discussion - thank you for having us over!”

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Ritesh Pandey's resignation letter to Mayawati

Ritesh Pandey shared his resignation letter addressed to BSP chief Mayawati on X, formerly known as Twitter. “For a long time, neither am I being called to attend party meetings nor has the party leadership spoken to me. I made numerous efforts to get in touch with and meet you (Mayawati) and the top leadership of the party but it did not yield any result,” Ritesh Pandey wrote in the resignation letter.

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He added, “During this time, I continuously met workers and supporters of other parties in my area and was also involved in various works going on in the constituency. Hence, I have come to the conclusion that the party does not need my service and presence.”

“…So, I do not have any other option apart from resigning from the primary membership of the party. The decision to break the relationship with the party is a difficult decision from the emotional point of view,” the letter further read.

Ritesh Pandey has been representing the Ambedkar Nagar constituency since 2019 after he defeated his BJP rival Mukut Bihari in the general elections. Prior to this, he served as a MLA from the Jalalpur constituency between June 2017 to May 2019. He was appointed as the leader of BSP in the Lok Sabha in January 2020.

The former BSP MP has been an active member of multiple parliamentary committees including the Standing Committee on External Affairs, the Joint Parliamentary Committee to examine the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, and the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Biological Diversity (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

Pandey has been ranked 19th in the Parliamentary Business Survey among 539 MPs in the country. He is also the youngest MP to appear in the Top 20.

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