Nine Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLAs met with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav this morning and are reportedly about to cross over to the rival camp in a shake-up bound to impact political equations ahead of the Uttar Pradesh election next year, according to NDTV.com.
BSP chief Mayawati had recently expelled these MLAs.
The BSP won 19 seats in the 2017 assembly election and lost one in a by-election. It currently has 18 MLAs in the Uttar Pradesh assembly and Mayawati has expelled 11 in the last four years.
She sacked two senior MLAs recently for anti-party activities.
Seven rebelled during the Rajya Sabha polls last year and were expelled.