BSP MLC attends Run for Unity, faces Maya wrath
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Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) member in UP Legislative Council Ramchandra Singh Pradhan Sunday participated in the 'Run for Unity' that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust organised in Lucknow on Sunday to garner support for the 'Statue of Unity' project mooted by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Pradhan also praised the effort of Modi for organising such an event to pay tribute to Patel.
When inquired, BSP state president Ram Achal Rajbhar said party chief Mayawati may initiate action in this matter on Monday when she meets senior party leaders in Delhi. Rajbhar said that it was not appropriate for the BSP MLC to attend the event.
Pradhan along with over half-a-dozen supporters reached near the Patel statue in Hazratganj and participated in the run, which was finished at Shaheed Smarak. Pradhan's presence in the event was surprising for the gathering, but not for BJP leaders who claim that the BSP MLC is planning to join the saffron party.
Talking to The Indian Express, Pradhan said, "Run for Unity was not an event of BJP only. It was organised for the cause of unity and integrity of the nation. I participated in the run as it was for paying tribute to Sardar Patel who united several provinces to make one nation."
Pradhan also said that everyone should praise the efforts of Modi who did a noble work by organising the event.
While Pradhan denied plans to join BJP, sources said that his wife Anita Pradhan is making efforts to get BJP ticket for Unnao Lok Sabha constituency, where BSP has already fielded party's Rajya Sabha member Brijesh Pathak.
Hoardings as well as billboards of Anita Pradhan with photographs of Modi were erected in Unnao district ahead of Gujarat CM's Kanpur rally on October 19. The message on the hoardings and billboards wasó "Modi lana hai, desh bachana hai."