In view of forthcoming UP Assembly elections, Leader of Opposition and BSP general secretary, Swami Prasad Maurya resigned from the party accusing party supremo Mayawati of not standing up to Bhimrao Ambedkar’s dreams.
Maurya is a trusted lieutenant of Mayawati. In retaliation, an upset Mayawati told newsmen on 23 June that, “We are obliged by this step. Maurya has no potential to win an election on his own.”
Political analysts believe that Mauryas and Kushwahas, who vote collectively, form eight to nine percent vote share in UP’s caste-ridden polity and with Swami Prasad Maurya walking out from Mayawati’s party could come as a big jolt to her.
A four-time MLA, Maurya has control over his community, while the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) recently appointed its state president from this community. Earlier, while announcing his resignation, Maurya alleged, “Mayawati is not a daughter of Dalits, but a daughter of ‘daulat’ (wealth). She sells party tickets; this is against Ambedkar’s dreams.”
Taking on Mayawati, Maurya alleged that she hardly takes care of Dalits in the party and has got them trapped in the web of ‘Manuvad’. She lost in 2012 due to her penchant to trade party tickets for money and will meet the same fate in 2017 polls, he alleged. BSP had become an auction ground of sorts for assembly poll tickets. She has left the path of Dalit emancipation and even asked me not to attend functions of Dalit icons.
Meanwhile continuing her attack against Mourya, Mayawati said, “Maurya is of no use for the party. It’s good that he left the party on his own, we were preparing to show him the door. We gave tickets to his son and daughter, but both of them lost. Maurya has nothing to say against us. In fact, like Mulayam Singh Yadav he couldn’t overcome the attraction for his Family. I had warned him that nepotism won’t be tolerated in BSP,” she added.