Saini was expected to rejoin the saffron party in the presence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who was in Khatauli Vidhan Sabha constituency to address a rally for the bypoll on Wednesday.
Sources said that while Saini was on his way to the rally venue, he was informed by BJP functionaries that his joining would not be possible at this juncture as local leaders were against it.
A senior BJP leader, requesting anonymity, told TOI that Saini was in a hurry and did not wait for final approval from the state BJP leadership before making a statement on the issue.
On Tuesday, while talking to media persons, Saini had confirmed that he, along with his supporters, would join the BJP in the presence of the CM.
Saini, who served as Ayush minister in the first term of the Yogi Adityanath government, had left the Bahujan Samaj Party to join the saffron camp before the 2017 Assembly elections. Ahead of the 2022 Assembly elections, Saini, along with Swami Prasad Maurya, left the BJP to switch over to SP.
The development had left several senior BJP leaders shocked and deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya had even tweeted that Saini should talk to BJP leaders and not take any decision in a hurry.
An unrelenting Saini, however, joined the SP and contested assembly election from Nakur constituency, tasting defeat at the hands of BJP’s Mukesh Chaudhary.
In oblivion since then, Saini was in search of greener pastures and had been contacting BJP leaders to make a comeback.
According to sources, many leaders were in favour of his re-entry and told him that if things go well, he would join the party during the CM’s rally on Wednesday.
However, several local leaders and a minister in the Yogi government, who belongs to the same community as Saini’s, objected to his return to the party fold.
Another source said that the fact that the Ayush department he was heading in Yogi government 1.0 was under CBI investigation for bogus admissions could also be the reason for the roadblock to his re-entry.