Swami Prasad Maurya, who broke his 20- year-old association with BSP chief Mayawati to join the BJP, has said that he would “expose” the corrupt acts of his former leader in his September 21 rally.
After the rally, Maurya would announce the merger of his Bahujan Loktantrik Manch with the BJP. Once the BSP’s OBC face, he had floated the Manch after severing ties with Mayawati in June.
He said he is expecting a crowd of nearly five lakh at the rally which would also be attended by BJP national president Amit Shah, UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and the party’s state in-charge Om Mathur.
Maurya’s supporters claim that several BSP leaders may join the BJP. Only the BSP has so far been able to draw enough crowd to fill Lucknow’s massive Ramabai Ambedkar ground, the venue that Maurya says he has ‘deliberately’ chosen for his proposed rally.
“Mayawati has been filling up the grounds with the help of capitalists. On September 21, she would see the power of a ‘fakir’ like me. Unless she comes out with a white paper on corruption, I would expose her at the rally which would end whatever little support base Mayawati is now left with,” Maurya said during an interaction with journalists in Lucknow on Sunday.
The former BSP heavyweight, who has been touring the state to drum up support for his rally, however, refused to comment on the ongoing family feud in the first family of the ruling Samajwadi Party. Instead, he chose to focus on the BSP which he quit on June 22.
“After the 2017 UP polls, Mayawati would be forced to shift her political base to Delhi as there would be nothing left in UP for her by then,” Maurya said.
The rally was earlier slated for September 22 but has been advanced by a day.