Former BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya holds rally in Lucknow, hints at forming new party

Lucknow: Former BSP leader in Uttar Pradesh Assembly, Swami Prasad Maurya, on Friday held a meeting of his supporters and hinted at floating a new political outfit soon.

Maurya had last week quit the BSP charging Mayawati with auctioning tickets for the elections.

Claiming the support of over 10 sitting BSP MLAs, he said they were in touch with him and will come out in the open at an opportune time.

Leader of Opposition in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Swami Prasad Maurya. IbnKhabar

Swami Prasad Maurya. IbnKhabar

At the meeting, 25 to 30 former MLAs, MPs and ministers who had either quit or been expelled by BSP, were present on the dais. Addressing them, Maurya was equally critical of both the Samajwadi Party and BJP. "We will present an alternative before the people of the state," he said.

Launching a sharp attack on BSP chief Mayawati, he said there will be a full-scale war.

Swami Prasad Maurya took a dig at Mayawati saying she had the wrong impression that only she could fill up the biggest rally ground in the state capital — Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan.

"We will hold a rally on 22 September and all will come to know that it is not just Mayawati who can hold a massive rally," Swami Prasad Maurya said.

Besides some BSP MLAs who had been recently expelled by Mayawati, some others who claimed that they had been given tickets for the coming polls after "complying with all the conditions" and their tickets were later withdrawan, were also present in the meeting.

Within a week of Maurya leaving BSP, RK Chaudhary, another senior BSP leader and a close lieutenant of Mayawati, quit the party levelling similar charges against Mayawati.

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Updated Date: Jul 01, 2016 20:07:31 IST

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