Maurya said even Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has to say 'Jai Mata Di' in West Bengal. "And I feel the day is not far when you will hear (BSP chief) Mayawati chanting Jai Shri Ram," the UP Deputy Chief Minister said. "All these indicate our (BJP's) ideological victory," he asserted.
Keshav Prasad Maurya offered his resignation as state president after taking oath as deputy chief minister. Mahendra Nath Pandey, who is Maurya's replacement, is the MP from Chandauli--the district adjacent to Varanasi.
The resignation of five MLCs including (four of the SP and one BSP) assumes significance as the saffron party has to take decision on five of its ministers in Uttar Pradesh, including chief minister, as none of them is member of either of two Houses.
"The BJP is not weaning away members of any party... The charge levelled by the SP chief that BJP is breaking legislators only depicts his frustration after losing power," said Uttar Pradesh minister Brijesh Pathak.
The BJP minister also claimed that 15 days ago MLAs Dheeraj Ojha (BJP), Sangam Lal (Apna Dal-S) and RK Verma (BJP) had come to the village and ensured development in the area within a fortnight. He urged the people to take a stand in case the promise is not delivered.