Big Jolt to BJP as Swami Prasad Maurya, 3 Others ‘Switch Sides’ Before UP Assembly Polls
Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2022: Swami Prasad Maurya, once one of the senior-most leader in the Bahujan Samaj Party, had joined the BJP just before the 2017 Assembly elections.
New Delhi: Ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2022, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has suffered a massive jolt as Cabinet Minister Swami Prasad Maurya and three other MLAs—Roshan Lal Verma, Brijesh Prajapati and Bhagwati Sagar announced their resignations. In his resignation letter addressed to Governor Anandiben Patel, Maurya, a powerful OBC (Other Backward Class) leader and five-time MLA said that he was upset at the sidelining of Dalits and weaker sections of society.
Informing about his decision on micro-blogging site Twitter, Maurya, who had joined BJP in 2016, said, “Due to the attitude of gross neglect towards Dalits, backward, farmers, unemployed youth and small and medium-sized traders, I am resigning from the council of ministers of Yogi (Adityanath) of UP.” His daughter Sanghmitra Maurya, however, is a BJP MP from Badaun.
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दलितों, पिछड़ों, किसानों, बेरोजगार नौजवानों एवं छोटे-लघु एवं मध्यम श्रेणी के व्यापारियों की घोर उपेक्षात्मक रवैये के कारण उत्तर प्रदेश के योगी मंत्रिमंडल से इस्तीफा देता हूं। pic.twitter.com/ubw4oKMK7t
— Swami Prasad Maurya (@SwamiPMaurya) January 11, 2022
Later, while speaking to ANI, Maurya said,”‘I have resigned from the Yogi Cabinet keeping in mind the Govt’s attitude against Dalits, backward classes, farmers, youths & traders. I will consult with my supporters and decide on joining another party. Dozens of MLAs will resign in the coming days.”
I have resigned from the Yogi Cabinet keeping in mind the Govt's attitude against Dalits, backward classes, farmers, youths & traders. I will consult with my supporters and decided on joining another party. Dozens of MLAs will resign in the coming days: Swami Prasad Maurya pic.twitter.com/N8ZI0Jfy60
— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) January 11, 2022
Meanwhile, sources close to Maurya said that the leader is expected to join Samajwadi Party. Besides, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav has also welcomed him saying, “Warm welcome and greetings to the popular leader Shri Swami Prasad Maurya Ji, who fought for social justice and equality and all the other leaders, workers and supporters who came with him in SP. There will be a revolution of social justice~ There will be a change in 2022.”
सामाजिक न्याय और समता-समानता की लड़ाई लड़ने वाले लोकप्रिय नेता श्री स्वामी प्रसाद मौर्या जी एवं उनके साथ आने वाले अन्य सभी नेताओं, कार्यकर्ताओं और समर्थकों का सपा में ससम्मान हार्दिक स्वागत एवं अभिनंदन!
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) January 11, 2022
Reacting to Swami Prasad Maurya’s decision, UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya in a tweet said,”What Swami Prasad Maurya ji’s reasons for resignation were, I do not know. But I appeal to him to sit and talk, hasty decisions often prove to be wrong.”
आदरणीय स्वामी प्रसाद मौर्य जी ने किन कारणों से इस्तीफा दिया है मैं नहीं जानता हूँ उनसे अपील है कि बैठकर बात करें जल्दबाजी में लिये हुये फैसले अक्सर गलत साबित होते हैं
— Keshav Prasad Maurya (@kpmaurya1) January 11, 2022
Reports claimed that the former BJP leader had been upset because his son Utkarsh Maurya had not been “suitably accommodated” in the Yogi Adityanath government.
Swami Prasad Maurya, once one of the senior-most leader in the Bahujan Samaj Party, had joined the BJP just before the 2017 Assembly elections. His resignation and his likely joining the Samajwadi Party is a major jolt for the BJP since he remains popular in his community.
He won the Padrauna seat on a BJP ticket in 2017 and was made Labour Minister. Sources close to Swami Prasad Maurya said that Sanghmitra Maurya would remain in BJP “for the time being”.