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Hardoi MP quits BJP, joins SP: ‘Handed over resignation to chowkidar at BJP office’

Speaking to reporters at the SP office, Verma said, “How many of you can say that you are making your children 'chowkidaar'? I was told (by the BJP) that you did not write 'chowkidar' on your wall."

By: Express News Service | Lucknow |
Updated: March 28, 2019 5:49:11 am
Anshul Verma (centre) with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and senior leader Azam Khan in Lucknow. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

BJP MP from Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh, Anshul Verma, who was denied ticket in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, joined the Samajwadi Party (SP) Wednesday in presence of party chief Akhilesh Yadav and senior leader Azam Khan. Verma claimed to have handed over his resignation from the BJP
membership to a chowkidar (security guard) at the state party headquarters in Lucknow Wednesday.

Speaking to mediapersons at the SP office, Verma said, “How many of you can say that you are making your children chowkidars? I was told [by the BJP] that you did not write chowkidar [on social media]… I want to say just one thing. Vikas kiya hai, vikas karenge. Chowkidar nahi, Anshul hi ban kar rahenge (I have done development work and will continue to do so. I won’t become a chowkidar and will continue to be Anshul).” Click here for more election news

“I gave my resignation to a chowkidar at the state office. I could not do much but gave him his salary for a day,” Verma added.

He alleged that all those adding chowkidar to their names [on social media] are all “capitalists”. “All those adding chowkidar to their names should take responsibility to pay 10 chowkidars in their area or should do chowkidari in their region for a day every month,” he added.

Asked if he would contest the Lok Sabha polls on an SP ticket, Verma said he had joined the party “unconditionally” and was willing to take up any role the party assigns to him. A source in the SP said Verma would not get a ticket for the Lok Sabha polls.

Verma also slammed the BJP for denying him a ticket and alleged that it was because he was “not upper caste”. He belongs to the Pasi community, which comes under the Scheduled Caste category.

The Hardoi seat from where he won in 2014 is a reserved constituency.

“I had 95 per cent attendance in Parliament, and 94 per cent presence in my area… I was not given any reason why I was denied a ticket. No senior person in the BJP felt the need to talk to me when I asked the party why I was not being fielded in the Lok Sabha polls,” Verma said.

He also slammed the BJP for spending public money on building BJP offices across the country.

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