New Delhi: A majaor blow for BSP, as BSP national secretary Paramdev Yadav resigned from party on Sunday, alleging that the party leadership has shifted from its ideology and become money-centric. After serving the party for 35 years, Paramdev said he felt suffocated in the Mayawati-led BSP as the interests of the Dalits were "being mortgaged to the people with money bags".
Meanwhile he said BSP is giving party tickets only to the “rich businessmen” and “criminals”, and poor workers have no importance in it. “The party has been handed, over to the very people we fought against. Only rich businessmen were able to get tickets to contest elections, be it the candidature to zila panchayat or nomination to Member of Parliament, as only they could afford it,” he claimed.
When asked, Yadav declined to name the party he was going to join, but added that he will remain in politics and take a decision in this regard in a few weeks. A senior BSP leader said Yadav, who hails from Faizabad, had been earlier removed from the responsibility of West Bengal after 2014 Lok Sabha polls and sidelined by the party leadership because of his “anti-party activities”.
The BSP did not react to his allegations, although party supremo Mayawati had earlier said that leaders who were leaving the party alleging that tickets are being given for money have nothing else to say. In the past few weeks, senior BSP leaders including former general secretary Swami Prasad Maurya and party’s founder-member R K Chaudhary resigned from the party.