Setback for Mayawati as key lieutenant quits BSP

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Lucknow | Updated: June 23, 2016 6:43:31 AM

Addressing a press conference in Lucknow, Maurya said, “Mayawati Dalit nahi, daulat ki beti hai (Mayawati is not a Dalit's daughter, but the daughter of wealth).” He said that Mayawati has deviated from the path of Kanshiram and Ambedkar.

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana News, MayawatiIn an apparent bid to hit back at Maurya and minimise the damage to the party and her image, a rattled Mayawati held an impromptu press conference soon after Maurya’s press conference, stating that had Maurya not quit the party, she herself would have expelled him. (Reuters)

In a setback to Mayawati ahead of the UP polls, her trusted lieutenant and leader of Opposition in state Assembly Swami Prasad Maurya has quit BSP and accused the party supremo of auctioning tickets for the assembly elections.

Addressing a press conference in Lucknow, Maurya said, “Mayawati Dalit nahi, daulat ki beti hai (Mayawati is not a Dalit’s daughter, but the daughter of wealth).” He said that Mayawati has deviated from the path of Kanshiram and Ambedkar.

In an apparent bid to hit back at Maurya and minimise the damage to the party and her image, a rattled Mayawati held an impromptu press conference soon after Maurya’s press conference, stating that had Maurya not quit the party, she herself would have expelled him.

Accusing Maurya of nepotism, she said that he was asking for party tickets for his family too. “BSP’s founder Kanshiram was against favouring family members. I will ensure that this remains the party’s principle till I am alive,” the BSP chief said.

Targeting Maurya for allegedly asking for tickets for his children, Mayawati said she would have thrown him out of the party anyway. “I am not going to encourage a dynasty-kind of culture in the BSP,” she said, adding that “Swami Prasad Maurya has done a great favour to the BSP by quitting the party.”

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