Former BSP general secretary Swami Prasad Maurya on Sunday announced the formation of his organisational outfit, Loktantrik Bahujan Manch, but said that he had not decided to form a political party, and was still open to joining another party.
Speaking to reporters, Maurya, who had promised to finish BSP and Mayawati, said he would begin touring UP from July 31 to mobilise supporters for his rally on September 22 at Lucknow’s Ramabai Ambedkar Rally Ground. At the rally, he said, he would announce his decision to join another political party or form his own, as per the written opinion gathered from supporters at his meeting on July 1.
Maurya said the “historic” rally would be held under the banner of Loktantrik Bahujan Manch, and would present an “unprecedented scenery”. Several former BSP leaders with whom he had been in touch would also be present. He clarified that the Manch was meant only for organising the rally.
The Padrauna MLA said that the Manch would not be registered as a political party immediately. “If the need arises in future, we will consider registering it as a political party. It may be registered with a new name. But, if any other party offers share and representation to Dalits and backwards, this manch will stand with that party,” said Maurya.
Maurya said he had already appointed the division-level in-charges, presidents and general secretaries in east UP, and will soon do so for west UP and Bundelkhand regions. He said that the Manch would have its organisation constituted up to the level of assembly constituency across the state.
To BSP general secretary Naseemuddin Siddiqui’s remark calling him “garbage which has been removed”, Maurya, without taking his name, retaliated that power was generated from garbage, and this power would burn the BSP.
Maurya had quit BSP on June 22, after accusing BSP chief Mayawati of “auctioning party tickets”. Mayawati had said that Maurya left because he had been seeking tickets for his daughter and son, and that request had been denied by the party.