Lucknow: Ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is going through one setback after another. Apart from two ministers, many MLAs have left the party in the last two days. Now the BJP MLA from Shikohabad (Firozabad) has resigned from the primary membership of the party.
After resigning from BJP, MLA Mukesh Verma described Swami Prasad Maurya as his leader and said that many more MLAs would leave the saffron party in the coming days. Talking to ANI, he said, “Swami Prasad Maurya is our leader. Whatever decision he takes, we will support him. Many more leaders will join us in the coming days.”
Attacking the BJP, Mukesh Verma said that they waited for five years, but the party did not listen to their concerns. He said, “The interest of Dalits and backwards was not talked about in the party, so even after imposing the model code of conduct, we realized that it would not be talked about, so we took this decision.”
Resignation in BJP before assembly elections
This comes days after OBC leader Swami Prasad Maurya resigned from the state cabinet and three other MLAs announced that they were leaving the BJP.
Tindwari MLA Brajesh Prajapati, Roshan Lal Verma of Tilhar and Bhagwati Sagar of Bilhaur announced that they were leaving the BJP in support of Maurya.
The much-awaited assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases from February 10, while the last phase of polling will be held on March 7. The main contest is being seen between the ruling BJP and Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP).
first published:Jan. 13, 2022, 11:39 a.m.