New Delhi: Swami Prasad Maurya, who resigned from Yogi Adityanath’s cabinet, said he would reveal his next course of action on January 14. He said that he has not left the BJP nor joined the Samajwadi Party.
Nevertheless, targeting the BJP, Maurya made many contradictory statements regarding Akhilesh Yadav’s joining the Samajwadi Party. He claimed that my move has created an earthquake in the BJP.
Along with Maurya, four MLAs have announced to quit the BJP, including Roshan Lal Verma, Brijesh Prajapati, Bhagwati Sagar and Vinay Shakya. Talking about making a big disclosure on Friday, Maurya said, “I have resigned as a minister only. I will leave the BJP soon. For now I am not joining the Samajwadi Party.”
“I have rejected the BJP, there is no question of going back,” he said. At the same time, Maurya told news agency ANI, “I will join Samajwadi Party on January 14. I have not received a call from any big or small politician.”
On Tuesday, soon after Maurya posted his resignation letter on Twitter, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav tweeted a picture with him, welcoming him to the SP party. He said, “Akhilesh Yadav congratulated me. I will talk to my people today and tomorrow. I will reveal my next political move on 14 (Friday). I will also tell you my decision as to who will come with me.”
Stunned by the exodus of strategically important OBC (Other Backward Classes) leaders, the BJP leadership has tasked Yogi Adityanath’s deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya to persuade the rebels to change their mind. Maurya, 68, was one of the BJP’s most prominent backward leaders and a key to the party’s strategy to woo non-Yadav OBC voters in the UP elections.
Maurya said, “Keshav Maurya is my brother, but for the last five years he is also helpless. Maurya had met Union Home Minister Amit Shah two months ago and had reportedly complained about Yogi Adityanath’s style of functioning. But the party took no action and the three-member team sent from Delhi to UP failed to address the resentment in the ranks.
first published:Jan. 12, 2022, 2:44 p.m.