BSP leader Naseemuddin told reporters that Nawab Qazim Ali and Mohammad Muslim, legislators from Swar in Rampur district and Tiloi in Amethi, had joined the BSP unconditionally.

They are likely to get BSP ticket to contest assembly elections due next year. Dilnawaz Khan, a Congress MLA from Bulandshahr, Samajwadi Party legislator from Budhana (Muzaffarnagar) Nawazish Aalam Khan and former BJP minister Avdesh Verma have also joined the BSP, Naseemuddin said.

Earlier, the four-time MLA Maurya had joined the saffron party in presence of BJP president Amit Shah on August 8  and claimed that if he received ample support from the party's leadership, then it would come to power in the state with a strong majority. The assembly polls are due early next year.

Maurya, who was the Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly before he left BSP in June, said he was impressed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's work to empower the weaker sections and lashed out at BSP chief Mayawati for turning her party into an "industrial house" and allegedly selling tickets.

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