Former Uttar Pradesh Cabinet minister Swami Prasad Maurya, along with state minister Dharam Singh Saini, joined the Samajwadi Party on Friday, days after quitting the BJP just a month ahead of the assembly polls.
Five BJP MLAs and Apna Dal (Sonelal) legislator Amar Singh Chaudhary also joined the SP in the presence of Akhilesh Yadav. The five BJP MLAs who joined the SP are Bhagwati Sagar (Bilhaur in Kanpur), Roshanlal Verma (Tilhar in Shahjahanpur), Vinay Shakya (Bidhuna in Auraiya), Brijesh Prajapati (Tindwari in Bahraich) and Mukesh Verma (Shikohabad in Firozabad). Chaudhary is MLA from Shohratgarh.
Buoyed by the major loyalty shifting of two ministers and five MLAs, Yadav said that the BJP was claiming of winning three-fourth of the total seats in the upcoming polls, but will end up winning only three or four seats. “The Cycle is very strong as Samajwadi and Ambedkarwadi have come together and no one can stop this,” he said.
Addressing the public at the event, Maurya said that the BJP leadership was having sleepless nights because of the resignation by him and others. “BJP leaders didn’t have the time to talk to us when in government are now having sleepless nights,” he said.
“January 14, on the occasion of Makar Sankaranti, the end of BJP is being written,” Swami Prasad Maurya said as he joined the Samajwadi Party on Friday.
“The BJP has deceived the poor, Dalits and OBCs to seize power,” he claimed. He went on to state that the BJP had earlier discussed that either Swami Prasad Maurya or Keshav Maurya would be made the chief minister of the state, but later they instated Adityanath.
“The BJP has misled the people of the country and the state and has thrown dust in their eyes and exploited the people. Now, Uttar Pradesh has to be freed from BJP’s exploitation by eliminating BJP,” Maurya said claiming that the BJP will be thrown out of the power at the hands of the Samajwadi Party.
Earlier this week, Maurya stepped down from the post of Cabinet minister and said he was quitting the BJP, accusing it of neglecting the OBC community and farmers of the state. Maurya’s exit led to a flurry of resignations in the following days which included ministers Dharam Singh Saini and Dara Singh Chauhan, who cited similar reasons for quitting the party.
The resignations by three ministers in the Yogi Adityanath Cabinet came along with nine MLAs quitting the party while accusing it of neglecting the Dalits, backwards, farmers and businessmen of the state.
The induction of these leaders into the Samajwadi Party comes as a shot in the arm for Akhilesh Yadav who claims that his party will win 400 seats in the state elections this time. The leaders quitting the BJP belong to the OBC community and so the major political drama tends to cement the Opposition’s claim that the BJP government in UP is a pro-upper caste regime.