On the first day of his three-day trip to Uttar Pradesh, Shah, in his interaction with party workers and office-bearers said the state government was working 24×7 for the welfare of the state's 22 crore people, with a dream that the BJP became an "aparajey party".
The SP MLCs who have tendered their resignations include Mulayam Singh loyalist Bukkal Nawab and Yashwant Singh.
Former TMC president Ashish Kumar Saha earlier said they were expecting an appointment with Mr. Shah this week in wake of the assurance made by key party leaders who persuaded them to join the BJP to boost the latter's resolve to oust the Communist Party of India-Marxist [CPI (M)] from power in the Assembly elections due in February 2018.
He further said, "More people may resign from the party soon".
Shah is on a 110-day non-continuous tour across states, and UP holds special significance for the BJP ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, as it had won an unprecedented 71 of the total 80 seats in the 2014 polls.
Nawab, a Mulayam Singh Yadav loyalist, began extolling Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath saying that the two leaders were doing good work to implement sabka saath, sabka vikaas. Singh called the Akhilesh's statement anti-national and pro-China.
Madhukar Jaitley, also a close aide of Mulayam, was a state minister level functionary in the SP government and was advisor to Akhilesh on externally aided projects, including Lucknow Metro.
Reacting to the developments in his party, the former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav accused the BJP of indulging in "political corruption".
" They are offering inducements to our MLCs".
Notably, along with CM Adityanath and his deputies Keshav Prasad Maurya, Dinesh Sharma and two BJP UP ministers Swatantra Deo Singh and Mohsin Raja have to acquire the membership of the either of the two Houses by August to remain members of the UP cabinet. "I had gone to Bukkal Nawab's house on Eid and he must have resigned after being given some allurement".
Meanwhile, BSP MLC Thakur Jaiveer Singh has also resigned from the membership of the State Legislative Council.