In major blow to Bahujan Samaj Party and its chief Mayawati, Leader of Opposition in UP Assembly Swami Prasad Maurya resigned from the BSP alleging that BSP chief Mayawati was taking money in lieu of allotting tickets to aspirants for the Vidhan Sabha election 2017.
Maurya said that he has written a letter to BSP chief Mayawati claiming that the party which was build by Late Kanshiram on the values and principals shown by father of Indian constitution Dr BR Ambedkar has become a part taking money for tickets.
Interestingly, Maurya’s resignation has come as blow to BSP and its chief Mayawati as Maurya was the lone leader left in the BSP to have clout among voters from Maurya, Shakya, Saini communities, which together comprise around 8 to 9 per cent of the total voters.
Earlier, along with Maurya, Babu Singh Kushwaha was also the influential leader from the community. However, he was also sacked from the party during 2012 vidhan sabha election after his name surfaced in NRHM scam for which he remained behind bars since then until a few months back when he came out on bail.
Interestingly, Mayawati would have to rework her strategy now as Maurya has now decided to quit BSP and the BJP has already begun wooing the members of community by appointing Keshav Prasad Maurya as UP BJP chief.
Amidst Maurya’s resignation from the BSP, rumours mill have begun running thick and fast about he likely to join the BJP.
Interestingly, Maurya’s allegation are very similar to that of senior BSP leader and Rajya Sabha member Jugul Kishore, who also had accused the BSP chief of taking money for giving tickets.
Jugul Kishore after being sacked from the BSP has joined the BJP. And ever since his joining the BJP, he is said to be instrumental in bringing several leaders including a few MLCs and MLAs from the BSP to the BJP camp in the run up to vidhan sabha election.
However, Maurya’s exit is certain to dent Mayawati’s chances as he has been the known face of the party in the state and has been taking on the state government in the House.