Kanpur: PWD minister Shivpal Singh Yadav lashed out at Bahuhan Samaj Party rebel Swamy Prasad Maurya on Friday, calling him a person who has lost his mental balance, Ruling out possibilities of Swami Prasad Maurya joining Samajwadi Party. After leaving BSP two days ago, Mr Maurya yesterday described SP as a "party of goons".
The SP leader also denied reports of internal rifts in the party over its merger with Quami Ekta Dal (QED). Mr Yadav clarified that Afzal Ansari and one of his brothers have joined hands with SP but not Mukhtar Ansari, adding that Afzal had joined hands with SP in the past as well.
Referring to the report submitted by a five-member team of Hindu saints, constituted by SP, on the alleged Hindu migration in Kairana, Mr Yadav said saints are not associated with any political party. The saints have rejected the exodus theory of BJP and pointed towards a "dangerous conspiracy" to disturb communal harmony in the state in their report. The minister today inaugurated a bridge over the Ganga in Kanpur which will make commuting to Lucknow easier.
Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had described Maurya as the right person in the wrong party. "Swami Prasad Maurya is a popular leader. We are in good terms with him. It is good that he has left BSP," the CM said on Thursday.