Mumbai: Mukesh Verma, UP BJP MLA from Firozabad’s Shikohabad, resigned from the primary membership of the party on Thursday.
Verma has become the seventh BJP MLA to quit the party ahead of the state Assembly polls.
Verma shared his resignation on Twitter and surfaced at the home of Swami Prasad Maurya, who started the exodus.
भाजपा सरकार द्वारा 5 वर्ष के कार्यकाल में दलित, पिछड़ों और अल्पसंख्यक समुदाय के नेताओं व जनप्रतिनिधियों को कोई तवज्जो नहीं दी गई व दलित, पिछड़ों किसानों व बेरोजगारों की उपेक्षा की गई। इसकारण मैं भारतीय जनता पार्टी की प्राथमिक सदस्यता से इस्तीफा देता हूँ।@swatantrabjp @JPNadda pic.twitter.com/5NGFBRSHnk
— Dr.Mukesh Verma (@DrMukeshMLASKB) January 13, 2022
Verma, an MLA from Firozabad in western Uttar Pradesh, is also an OBC (Other Backward Class) leader like Swami Prasad Maurya and four others who have resigned from the BJP in the last three days.
“Swami Prasad Maurya is our leader. We will support whatever decision he takes. Many other leaders will join us in the coming days,” he told news agency ANI.
Uttar Pradesh: Mukesh Verma, BJP MLA from Shikohabad (Firozabad), resigns from primary membership of the party
"Swami Prasad Maurya is our leader. We will support whatever decision he takes. Many other leaders will join us in the coming days," he says. pic.twitter.com/UAfBBAxftW
— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) January 13, 2022
In his letter addressed to the state BJP president, Verma alleged that the Yogi Adityanath government has failed to address the problems of weaker sections, youth, farmers, Dalits and OBCs in the last five years.
He said that small traders and traders have suffered under the regime.
The MLA also said that he would now work under the leadership of former cabinet minister Swami Prasad Maurya.
Maurya, Dara Singh Chauhan (both ministers) Roshan Lal Verma, Brijendra Prajapati, Bhagwati Sharan Sagar, Vinay Shakya and Avtar Singh Bhadana resigned in the last two days.
Barring Bhadana who has joined the RLD, all the other legislators are likely to join the Samajwadi Party on Friday.