With some senior leaders quitting the BSP in the recent past, party supremo Mayawati Saturday indicated that party could face more desertions as tickets of about one dozen sitting MLAs have been cancelled. She, however, said even if such “deserters” join another party to get tickets for elections, it will not “affect the BSP’s increasing public support” in Uttar Pradesh, which goes to polls early next year.
“BSP is a social movement besides being a political party, and it has to take into account several issues before giving tickets. Some sitting MLAs and MPs are also denied tickets. The missionary workers remain in the party even after being denied tickets but some others go to other parties to serve their selfish motives…but their move is not going to have any impact on the growing mass support of BSP,” she said in response to those leaving the outfit for want of party tickets.
Mayawati said in view of the 2017 UP Assembly election, tickets are being given after considering all aspects, and some dozen odd sitting MLAs have been denied tickets on the basis of “unsatisfactory reports from their areas, their work and efforts to connect the party with the ‘sarv samaj’ (public)”. She said such MLAs were informed about the decision three months ago.
Putting in a stern word for media, the BSP chief said, “They (media), however, project these reports as if BSP is going to suffer huge losses but it has been seen that all this has no effect and the party keeps gaining ground.” Mayawati claimed if the BJP inducts these people, it will “expose the poor condition” of the party in the state. She alleged the BJP does not have people to field in elections, and that is why it is giving priority to people ousted from other parties, especially BSP, to make them candidates.
BJP has already inducted two of the BSP’s main deserters —- Swami Prasad Maurya and Brijesh Pathak. Mayawati is scheduled to address her fourth rally in at Saharanpur’s Cosmos Ground on Sunday.