BSP chief Mayawati Saturday once again launched an attack on Swami Prasad Maurya, who quit the party three days ago, calling him a “traitor” who worked for his own “selfish interest”. It drew a sharp reaction from Maurya who charged her with “betraying” the mission of Ambedkar and Kanshi Ram and asked her to issue a “white paper” on the amount of money collected from BSP ticket seekers.
“Many leaders left BSP in the past and all of them vanished. None of them could survive in politics. Some of them came back and apologised. Some are still calling and apologising. But I want to clarify that a traitor like Maurya will never be given entry in BSP again,” Mayawati said after chairing a BSP Legislature Party meeting here.
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She said Maurya was a party-hopper and claimed that BSP workers have been calling party functionaries to express happiness over his exit. Mayawati said Maurya has nothing to do with Ambedkarite movement and knows nothing besides “making airy talks in loud voice”.
“He was disloyal to the party and to his own community. He worked for selfish interest and not for his community,” Mayawati said, adding history will never forgive such a “disloyal and selfish” person.
“He never toiled for Maurya, Shakya, Kushwaha and Saini communities. All that he wanted was for himself and his close family,” she charged, adding that though Maurya has quit BSP, the community members were “solidly behind” her party.
Maurya, who quit the party on June 22 accusing her of “auctioning” tickets for the 2017 Assembly election, hit back asking her to come clean on the money that has been collected from ticket seekers.
“Had she learnt how to speak, the situation in the party would have been different…it is she who has made a mockery of Baba Saheb (Ambedkar) and Kanshi Ram’s ideology…she has betrayed Ambedkar and Kanshi Ram and murdered their ideology. If she is so upright, she should issue a white paper on how much money has been taken from ticket seekers or else I will do the same,” Maurya told a press meet.
Replying to Mayawati’s barbs that he was sore as his demand for party ticket for family members was not met, Maurya said, “Had I agreed to give money as per her demands, my daughter would have got a safe seat and not the one opposite SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in Mainpuri.”
“Swami Prasad Maurya is clean. Not even an Opposition leader dared to point finger at me. She should look at herself. There are several stains on her. BSP candidates who have got tickets by giving money to her, will now come to her seeking their money back. Elections only will tell who has the support of people,” he added.
Asking Mayawati to exercise “restraint”, Maurya said: “If she disrespects me, she will have to face repercussions. She is so scared of me that she personally called and requested even expelled MLAs to come and be part of her meeting. This is my effect, she has had to do all this,” he claimed.
Reacting to Mayawati revoking the suspension of some partymen, Maurya said he was happy that she has learnt to bend and be flexible.
He said Mayawati, who was in the habit of dismissing loyal workers, has been “taught a lesson” for the first time by him as he quit BSP before she could act against him.
On today’s meeting, Maurya said it was matter of concern for Mayawati that despite all efforts by party office-bearers and coordinators, only 50 to 55 MLAs were present. BSP has 80 members in the Assembly.
He, however, claimed that some of his supporters attended the meeting but refused to spell out the number of MLAs who were in touch with him.
Refusing to open his cards on what course he will take in the future, he said he had gone to Delhi on Friday to attend a programme of a news channel and termed all reports of his meetings with leaders of other parties as “speculation”.
(With inputs from PTI)