Maurya resigns as SP member, MLC

  • | Wednesday | 21st February, 2024

In yet another setback to the Samajwadi Party, Swami Prasad Maurya, a week after tendering his resignation from the post of partys national general secretary, on Tuesday resigned from the primary membership, and Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council. Maurya had resigned as the partys national general secretary on February 13, accusing the leadership of discriminating against him and not defending him over his controversial statements on Ramcharitmanas and Ayodhya temple consecration. He will hold a meeting with his supporters in New Delhi on Thursday to decide the course of action. I got an opportunity to work with you. But after our talks on February 12 and my resignation (as national general secretary) on February 13, no initiative of any talks with me was taken due to which I am resigning from the primary membership of the party, Maurya said in a letter to SP president Akhilesh Yadav. He also shared the letter on social media. In a separate letter to the chairman of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council, Maurya said, I was elected as a Samajwadi Party member in the legislative council. As I have resigned from the primary membership of the party, I am also resigning as MLC on moral grounds. Maurya had joined the Samajwadi Party after quitting the BJP ahead of the 2022 UP Assembly polls, and contested unsuccessfully from Fazilnagar in Deoria district. His daughter Sanghmitra Maurya is the BJP MP from  Budaun. Maurya, considered a prominent leader of the non-Yadav backward class in the state, has been a five-time MLA. He served as a minister in the erstwhile Bahujan Samaj Party government, and as a leader of  opposition in UP assembly. Having joined the BJP from BSP, he served as labour minister in the Yogi Adityanath government between 2017 and 2022. Apparently peeved by some Samajwadi Party leaders terming his statements as personal, Maurya had this to say in his previous letter: I was surprised when a senior most leader of the party, instead of remaining silent, tried to break the morale of the workers by saying my statements are personal. I could not understand that I am a national general secretary whose statement becomes personal. There are some national general secretaries and leaders whose every statement becomes a party statement. He had also claimed that people from tribal communities, Dalits and backward classes got inclined towards the Samajwadi Party due to his efforts. If there is discrimination even against someone holding the post of national general secretary, then I think there is no justification for continuing in such a bhed-bhavpurn aur mahatvaheen (discriminatory and unimportant) post, he had said.

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