New Delhi: Former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA Swami Prasad Maurya on Monday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in presence of party president Amit Shah. Swami Prasad Maurya, an OBC leader in Uttar Pradesh who had recently quit BSP, joining it today.
Massive supporter strength was witnessed during his induction at the BJP headquarters. Maurya, who was the leader of opposition in Uttar Pradesh state Assembly, had left the BSP on June 22. Speaking on the occasion, Maurya said that he will work to strengthen the party’s OBC base across the state. There were speculations that Maurya was going to join the Samajwadi Party.
This action is enough to send out strong shockwaves across the political circles of Uttar Pradesh. Maurya’s exit has been a huge blow for Mayawati. In the wake of upcoming elections, her party is expected to lose the votes of western Uttar Pradesh’s Maurya community, who consider Swami Prasad Maurya as one of their strong community leaders.
For years, Maurya was considered to be the OBC face of BSP. Maurya had quit the party in June, accusing BSP supremo Mayawati of selling party tickets to the highest bidders. Immediately after his exit, Maurya visited Delhi to meet top leaders of BJP. His switchover to the saffron party would be considered as a huge political success for BJP. In an apparent attempt to reach out to the caste group, the BJP had earlier appointed Phulpur MP Keshav Prasad Maurya as its state party president.