Before the last assembly elections, Swami Prasad Maurya, while being the leader of the BSP’s legislature party, had suddenly resigned and joined the BJP. Now leaving the party, he said that he worked in difficult conditions in BJP after living in agony for five years. After his resignation, MLA from Banda’s Tindwari Brijesh Prajapati and Tilhar MLA Roshan Lal Verma have also left the BJP.
Lucknow: On Tuesday, the fourth day of the announcement of the dates for the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the state government’s Labor and Employment Minister Swami Prasad Maurya resigned from the post of minister.
Maurya has sent his resignation letter to the Governor. However, Raj Bhavan sources have not confirmed this.
Swami Prasad Maurya will join the Samajwadi Party (SP). After resigning on Tuesday, SP chief and former Chief Minister of the state Akhilesh Yadav shared his picture with Maurya on Twitter and welcomed him.
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!
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) January 11, 2022
The copy of Swami Prasad Maurya’s resignation letter started becoming increasingly viral on social media on Tuesday afternoon.
Maurya has written in his resignation letter addressed to the Governor, ‘As the Minister of Labor, Employment and Coordination in the cabinet of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, despite living in adverse circumstances and ideology, he has discharged the responsibility very diligently, but the Dalits, backward I resign from the cabinet of Uttar Pradesh due to the grossly neglectful attitude towards farmers, unemployed youth and small-small and medium-scale traders.
After resigning, Maurya, while answering questions from journalists, said, “The BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) led government has given a shock to many and if I am giving a jolt to the cabinet by resigning then what is new in it.”
When asked the reason for leaving the BJP, he said, ‘I have mentioned all the reasons in my letter sent to the Governor of Uttar Pradesh due to which I am resigning from the BJP and the cabinet.’
At the same time, in response to another question, he said, ‘I had a respectful conversation with the BJP leader who spoke to me. I also spoke to Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma and Bansal (Sunil Bansal, State General Secretary Organization) this morning.
He said, ‘My displeasure is natural. This decision has to be taken due to the party’s neglectful attitude and I am not sorry for it. Where the reason for the displeasure was to be told, I was told.
When asked about the effect of resignation on the BJP, Maurya said, “The effect of my resignation will be seen by you after the results of the 2022 assembly elections.” Whatever happens on March 10, will be in front of you.
On the question of son-daughter getting ticket from SP, he said, ‘It is not about son-daughter, it is about ideology. I belong to the ideology of (Dr. Bhimrao) Ambedkar and worked in BJP in difficult conditions for five years in agony.
He claimed that in the next day or two, many more BJP MLAs would leave the party.
After Maurya’s resignation, Akhilesh Yadav tweeted on Tuesday, ‘Hopeful welcome to the popular leader Shri Swami Prasad Maurya ji and all the other leaders, workers and supporters who came with him in the SP, who fought for social justice and equality. Greetings. There will be a revolution of social justice – there will be a change in twenty-two.
It is noteworthy that before the last assembly elections, Swami Prasad Maurya, while being the leader of the legislature party of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), had suddenly resigned and joined the BJP.
Maurya was put forward by the BJP as a prominent leader of the backward classes and on Tuesday, his move caused a stir in the BJP camp.
Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya has appealed to Swami Prasad to sit and talk. He wrote on Twitter, ‘I don’t know for what reasons Swami Prasad Maurya Ji has resigned. There is an appeal to them to sit and talk, decisions taken in haste often prove to be wrong.
Respected Swami Prasad Maurya ji has resigned for what reasons, I do not know, I appeal to him to sit and talk, hasty decisions often prove to be wrong.
— Keshav Prasad Maurya (@kpmaurya1) January 11, 2022
68-year-old Swami Prasad Maurya, who belongs to the Maurya community of Other Backward Classes (OBC), originally hails from Chakbad village in Pratapgarh district. He actively entered politics in 1980 and was recognized as the leader of the Lok Dal.
Later, after the formation of the Janata Dal, he was the general secretary of the Janata Dal in Uttar Pradesh from 1991 to 1995. After this he joined the Bahujan Samaj Party.
Maurya was first elected a member of the Legislative Assembly from Dalmau (Rae Bareli) region on a BSP ticket in 1996 and became the Khadi and Village Industries Minister in 1997 in the Mayawati-led BJP-BSP coalition government.
Maurya became the leader of the BSP Legislature Party in 2001. In the 2002 assembly elections, he was elected MLA for the second time on a BSP ticket. Mayawati made him a member of the Legislative Council in 2007 and he became the Revenue Minister in the BSP government. Maurya has also been the state president of BSP.
BSP made Maurya a candidate in the 2009 by-election to the Padrauna (Kushinagar) assembly seat and on winning the election gave him the post of Minister of Panchayati Raj. In 2012, Maurya again won the elections from Padrauna and the BSP made him the leader of the party in the assembly.
On June 22, 2016, in a sudden press conference, Maurya made serious allegations against BSP chief Mayawati and announced to leave the BSP and joined the BJP.
In 2017, he was elected from the Padrauna assembly seat for the fifth time on a BJP ticket and was made Minister of Labor and Employment in Yogi Adityanath’s government. Swami Prasad Maurya’s daughter Sanghamitra Maurya is a Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Badaun.
After Maurya, Banda MLA Brijesh Prajapati and Tilhar MLA Roshan Lal Verma also left BJP.
After the resignation of Swami Prasad Maurya, BJP MLA Brijesh Kumar Prajapati from Tindwari assembly constituency in Banda district and Roshan Lal Verma, BJP MLA from Tilhar in Shahjahanpur district also resigned from the party on Tuesday.
It is believed that Prajapati belongs to Maurya’s camp. Manoj Kumar, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Tindwari MLA Brijesh Kumar Prajapati said on Tuesday, Tindwari MLA Brijesh Prajapati has resigned from the primary membership of BJP.
He told that Prajapati has sent his resignation to BJP state president Swatantra Dev Singh.
Prajapati had contested the 2012 elections on a BSP ticket, but lost. He joined the BJP by resigning from the BSP along with Maurya before the 2017 assembly elections.
At the same time, according to the information received from Shahjahanpur, Roshan Lal Verma has resigned, accusing the BJP of neglecting the Dalits, the backward and the downtrodden.
Verma said, ‘I have resigned from the BJP. I will be with Swami Prasad Maurya. When we used to raise people’s complaints, they were not heard, we were not heard. We complained to Chief Minister and State President Swatantra Dev Singh but nothing happened.
He also told that he is joining SP. Verma said, “Dalit and backward minority weak people were constantly being neglected in the BJP-led government. Unemployment has increased.
Verma alleged that the BJP government is showing that jobs have been given, while all this is fake, being annoyed by this, he left the party and joined the SP.
(with input from news agency language)
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