Swami Prasad Maurya, Dharam Singh Saini, other BJP MLAs join Samajwadi Party

Resignation of BJP leaders has given rise to notion that SP’s affect among the many non-Yadav OBCs within the state is strengthening

New Delhi: Two former ministers and OBC faces within the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh authorities — Swami Prasad Maurya and Dharam Singh Saini — joined the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party, on the auspicious event of “Makar Sankranti” on Friday when the CM had a “sankranti” meal at a Dalit family in Gorakhpur apparently to counter allegations of the ruling party being “anti-Dalit” as claimed by a lot of the MLAs, who had give up the saffron party this week.

Along with Mr Maurya and Mr Saini, 5 sitting MLAs — Bhagwati Sagar, Vinay Shakya, Roshan Lal Varma, Mukesh Varma and Brajesh Prajapati — additionally joined the Yadav-led outfit forward of the upcoming Assembly polls.


Resignation of BJP leaders has given rise to notion that the Yadav-dominated SP’s affect among the many non-Yadav OBCs within the state is strengthening. Taking a dig at CM Yogi, Mr Yadav stated, “BJP’s wickets are falling one after the other, although our CM does not know how to play cricket.” Addressing the brand new joinees and supporters, Mr Yadav stated, “We were waiting for this day. It is election time. Now the handle of the cycle (SP’s poll symbol) is steady, the wheels are in place and all of you are ready to paddle.”

With the Opposition concentrating on the ruling BJP for being “anti-OBC” and “anti-Dalit” as those that give up the BJP are from the OBC neighborhood and had accused the BJP of being “anti-OBC” and “anti-Dalit”, CM Yogi Adityanath’s lunch in a Dalit family was seen as an try by the ruling party to counter the rising notion. The BJP, it was learnt, has additionally requested its allies in UP, together with the Apna Dal(S) and Nishad Party, to aggressively counter this notion.    


Asserting that the BJP authorities was working for the event of each part of society with none discrimination, the CM used the event to focus on the SP, saying throughout their rule, it was “social exploitation” and never “social justice” within the state. He stated the SP authorities had dedicated dacoity on the rights of Dalits and the poor.

“Only 18,000 houses were given to people under PM Awas Yojna in the full five-year term of the Akhilesh Yadav government in UP, whereas the present BJP government has given 45 lakh houses to the poor and the deprived under the scheme… It was ‘samajik shoshan’ (social exploitation) and not ‘samajik nyay’ (social justice) during the SP rule in UP,” stated the CM after having a meal at Amritlal Bharti’s dwelling.


He stated 2.61 crore households received bogs and 1.36 crore households benefitted from the Ujjwala Yojana below the “double engine” authorities, referring to the BJP rule on the Centre and within the state.

“Those in the grip of dynastic politics cannot give justice to any section of society,” he added.

The Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh will probably be held in seven phases starting February 10 and the outcomes will probably be introduced on March 10.



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