Swami Prasad Maurya   |  Photo Credit: ANI
New Delhi: A day after tendering his resignation from Uttar Pradesh Cabinet, Swami Prasad Maurya announced he will be joining the Samajwadi Party on January 14.
He further said he has not received calls from any small or big politician.
“If they were cautious on time and worked on public issues, then BJP would not have to face this,” he added.
On Tuesday, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya urged Maurya to reconsider his decision saying that decisions that are taken in haste often prove to be wrong and appealed to the BJP leader to discuss the matter with the party.
This development comes after Maurya’s daughter and BJP’s Badaun MP Sanghamitra Maurya had claimed her father has not joined any party and will reveal his strategy in a couple of days.
The Samajwadi Party tweeted a photo of Swami Prasad Maurya and Varma with party chief Akhilesh Yadav, and wrote in Hindi, “Welcome to the Samajwadi Party. There will be a social justice revolution. There will be a change in 2022.”
In his resignation letter addressed to Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Maurya said, “I discharged my responsibilities as the minister for labour, employment, coordination in the council of ministers headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, despite adverse (‘vipreet’) circumstances and ideology.”
He further said that the decision to resign was taken due to the BJP government’s attitude towards Dalits, backward classes, farmers, youth, and traders.
BJP’s Tindwari MLA Brajesh Prajapati, Tilhar MLA Roshan Lal Varma and Bilhaur MLA Bhagwati Sagar have also announced they are leaving the party in support of Maurya.
Maurya, who hails from the other backward class (OBC) community, had crossed over to the BJP from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) before the 2017 assembly polls.
He is a five-time MLA from Padrauna, while his daughter Sanghmitra Maurya represents Badaun in the Lok Sabha.