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BJP OBC MLA Mukesh Verma Quits Party, 7th Resignation In 3 Days Ahead Of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Polls

Mukesh Verma said no attention was paid to leaders from Dalit, backward and minority communities by the BJP government led by CM Yogi Adityanath in the last five years. Sources said the resigned MLAs are set to join Samajwadi Party (SP) on Friday.

BJP MLA Mukesh Verma Quits Party, 7th Resignation In 3 Days In UP Ahead Of Assembly Polls
Verma said he was following influential OBC leader and minister Swami Prasad Maurya out of the ruling party. (Photo:File)

New Delhi: The slew of resignations in the Uttar Pradesh BJP spilled over to Thursday with Shikohahabad MLA and Backward Caste leader Mukesh Verma resigning from the party’s primary membership weeks before Assembly elections. He is the seventh MLA to have resigned over the last three days.So far 13 MLAs, including two ministers, have resigned from the BJP in the run-up to the February-March polls, majority of them in the last 72 hours.

Speaking to reporters, Verma said he was following influential OBC leader and minister Swami Prasad Maurya out of the ruling party. “Swami Prasad Maurya is our leader. We will support whatever decision he takes. Many other leaders will join us in the coming days,” Verma said.

Mukesh Verma represents Shikohahabad constituency which comes under Firozabad district in western Uttar Pradesh that goes to polls in the initial phases of the seven-phase polling in the state.

In his letter addressed to the state BJP president, Varma alleged that the Yogi Adityanath government, in the past five years, has “failed to address” the problems of weaker sections, youths, farmers, Dalits and OBCs. He said that small traders and businessmen had suffered in the regime. Verma also sent a copy of the letter to the party’s national president JP Nadda.

So far, Mukesh Verma, Avtar Singh Bhadana, Brijesh Kumar Prajapati, Roshan Lal Varma, Bhagwati Sagar, Vinay Shakya and Bala Prasad Awasthi have resigned after ministers Swami Prasad Maurya and Dara Singh Chauhan walked out of the BJP. Four MLAs — Madhuri Verma, Digvijay Nath Chaubey, Radha Krishna Sharma and Rakesh Rathor – had quit the party earlier.

The loss of seven backward caste leaders is a huge blow for the BJP ahead of the election; the party was banking on Mr Maurya and other backward caste leaders to hold up a very important part of its election math.

Legislative Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in Uttar Pradesh from 10 February to 7 March 2022 in seven phases to elect all 403 members of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly. The votes will be counted and the results will be declared on 10 March 2022.

(With Inputs from ANI)

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