Maurya displays show of strength with leaders who quit or were expelled from BSP, hints at floating new outfit.

Launching yet another offensive against Mayawati, former BSP general secretary Swami Prasad Maurya Friday alleged that “like Vijay Mallya escaped from the country”, the BSP supremo too was planning to flee from India after collecting money by selling the party tickets for elections.

The Padrauna MLA, who had last week quit the BSP, also hinted at floating a new political outfit as he displayed a show of strength in Lucknow and vowed to “unite all those who have left the BSP and form a sea of people in which Mayawati will drown”.

Addressing a gathering of his supporters in Gomti Nagar Extension, Maurya said a person who has been the chief minister four times wouldn’t care for money, but that is not the case with Mayawati. “She wants to collect crores of rupees and flee from India. The way Vijay Mallya recently escaped from this country, she too is going to leave with crores of rupees. I am making this apprehension public so that the BSP workers become cautious. She does not want to win elections or make you an MLA. She only wants to fill her coffers and vanish,” Maurya alleged.

Maurya claimed he “did not tire of” calling her “a goddess”, but found that she was not only steeped in corruption but has “killed the mission of B R Ambedkar and ideology of BSP founder Kanshi Ram”. He alleged that Mayawati does not want a worker or leader, but only “collection agents” who can scout for rich people and get them to meet her for party tickets.

Maurya, who was the Leader of Opposition in UP Assembly before he quit BSP, also threatened to expose what he called “Mayawati’s black book” and said Mayawati must issue a “white paper about how Rs 2,000 crore reached the accounts of 50 companies owned by her family members” after she lost power in UP.

Maurya said Kanshi Ram used to give 60 per cent tickets to backward castes, who form 56 per cent population of the state, but Mayawati reduced it to less than 10 per cent. Those who never supported BSP and form only 4 per cent of the population, have been getting over 130 tickets.

Invoking Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of Mauryan empire, and his grandson Ashoka —both icons for the Maurya-Kushwaha community — along with Kanshi Ram, Ambedkar and Shahuji Maharaj, Maurya said he will provide “an alternative in UP”.

At the meeting, former ministers including Daddu Prasad and Bhagwati Prasad, nearly one dozen former BSP MLAs and MLCs, and one sitting MLA Uday Lal Maurya, who has been expelled from party, were present on the dais. Claiming the support of over 10 sitting BSP MLAs, Maurya said they were in touch with him and will come out in the open at an opportune time. He asked his supporters to give in writing whether they wanted him to float a new outfit or join a political party.

Maurya said he will go through the suggestions and hold a rally on September 22 Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan. In a dig at Mayawati, Maurya said she had the wrong impression that only she could fill up the venue, which is the biggest rally ground in the state capital.


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