Mayawati Puts Up a Brave Face: ‘Defector Maurya’s Exit Is No Loss’

Criticising rebel leaders of the BSP, party supremo Mayawati on Saturday described Swami Prasad Maurya as a traitor.

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BSP supremo Mayawati on Saturday launched a vitriolic attack on BSP defector Swami Prasad Maurya, saying he was “disloyal” to the party and worked for his own “selfish interest” ignoring his community.

She made it clear that he will not b e allowed to re-join the party. “He was disloyal to the party and to his own community. He worked for his own selfish interest and not for his community,” she said.

Mayawati was talking to media persons ahead of a meeting of the BSP Legislature Party to elect a new leader after Maurya quit the party on June 22 accusing his leader of “auctioning” tickets for the 2017 Assembly elections. “With his resignation, the post of BSP Legislature Party leader falls vacant automatically. Same is the case with the post of the Leader of the Opposition held by him,” she said.

62-year-old Maurya had said he felt “suffocated” in BSP and accused Mayawati of “auctioning” tickets for next year’s Assembly polls while leaving the party on June 22. Mayawati had earlier slammed him as “habitual party-hopper” and said his departure was a “good riddance” as in any case she would have shown him the door for (allegedly) seeking tickets for his son and daughter as BSP does not promote dynastic politics. (Inputs: PTI)

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