The BJP is shocked that another minister has resigned in Uttar Pradesh, where elections are to be held. An arrest warrant has been issued against resigned minister Mauria.
In this election, there is fierce competition between the BJP and the Samajwadi Party. The Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, considered to be the largest in the country, are seen as crucial for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2024. Thus, the BJP is seeking to retain power in this election. But BJP ministers and MLAs have been leaving the party in succession. Already, Minister Swami Prasad Maurya has resigned from his ministerial post. He joins the Samajwadi Party.
However, he said he would announce his next move on Friday and that some more MLAs would leave the BJP with him. Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav posted a photo of himself with Swami Prasad Maurya on Twitter.
An arrest warrant has been issued by the UP government against Maurya following the release of the photo. In 2014, a case was registered that Maurya had spoken in a manner that offended the feelings of Hindus. Maurya was then in the Bahujan Samaj Party. He came to the BJP only in the last election. An arrest warrant has been issued for Maurya in a case registered against him in 2014, as he has now categorically stated that he is unlikely to return to the BJP. The order states that he must appear in court within 24 hours.
On the other hand, the BJP is working to appease Maurya. Already, four MLAs, including Maurya, have left the BJP. In this situation, another minister has resigned in a new twist. That minister, Tarasingh Chauhan, is considered one of the leaders of the backward community.
Swami Prasad Maurya, who had already resigned, was also one of the most important of the backward community leaders. The BJP and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath have been shocked by the subsequent resignation of backward community leaders from the ministry. In his resignation letter sent by Tarasingh, he said, “I worked with full contribution. But the government’s attitude towards the backward, the oppressed and the downtrodden has hurt me. That is why I am stepping down as a minister. The government is indifferent to the issue of reservation for the backward and Scheduled Castes community, ”he said in his letter.
In Goa, another state facing similar elections, Minister Mikhail Lobo and MLA Pravin have resigned from the BJP. The MLAs who are likely to contest re-election in Goa are mostly from the Christian majority. They are said to be leaving the party thinking that they will not be able to win if they contest on behalf of the BJP.