Yogi’s Minister Swami Prasad Maurya’s Son-In-Law Joins SP
Swami Prasad Maurya holds multiple portfolios in the Yogi Adityanath cabinet.
In yet another blow to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh, following the loss in Gorakhpur bypolls, state minister Swami Prasad Maurya’s son-in-law Naval Kishore joined the Samajwadi Party on Saturday, 17 March. Kishore joined the party in the presence of party chief Akhilesh Yadav, and veteran leader Azam Khan, reported ANI.
Swami Prasad Maurya currently holds multiple portfolios in the Yogi Adityanath cabinet, including the ministries of Labour, Service Planning, Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation departments. A former Bahujan Samaj Party leader, Maurya joined the BJP ahead of state Assembly elections in 2017.
The Samajwadi Party won in UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s five-time constituency, Gorakhpur, by a landslide 21,961 vote lead. The Samajwadi Party also won the Lok Sabha seat in the Phulpur constituency, the seat which was vacated by Keshav Prasad Maurya when he became the Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in 2017.
Akhilesh went on to say that the BJP failed to bring “acche din”, owing to which the public united to bring ‘bure din’ (bad days) for the party.
“The public will give an answer to a government which would make them suffer”, he asserted, addressing the media.
Akhilesh attributed the SP win to the support from Dalits, farmers, labourers, women and unemployed, calling it a victory of social justice.
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