Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday took a jibe at the Bharatiya Janata Party's decision to field Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from the Gorakhpur constituency, saying the saffron party has already sent him home.
Gorakhpur is the hometown of Adityanath.
He had been the MP from Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat since 1998 until he became the chief minister in 2017.
Speaking to reporters in Lucknow, the SP chief said, "As far as contesting elections is concerned, earlier it was said that he (Adityanath) will contest from Mathura, Prayagraj, Ayodhya or Deoband. I am happy that the BJP has already sent him home (Gorakhpur)".
"Although he is in Gorakhpur, he had a ticket dated March 11 (counting of votes on March 10) booked for it earlier. I think that he should stay back in Gorakhpur and there is no need for him to return (to Lucknow). Heartiest congratulations," Yadav said.
The SP chief further said no MLAs or ministers quitting the BJP will be taken into his party anymore.
"I would tell the BJP that I am no longer going to take BJP MLAs or ministers (into SP), you can cut their tickets," he said.
However, he later said that a BJP leader will soon be joining the SP but did not reveal his name.