Mumbai: BJP leader Swami Prasad Maurya on Tuesday resigned as the Uttar Pradesh Minister of Labour, Employment and Coordination, ahead of state Assembly polls.
Maurya said he is resigning due to “neglectful attitude towards Dalits, backward classes, farmers, unemployed youth, small-scale businessmen by UP government”.
“I worked with dedication in the Yogi Adityanath cabinet despite a conflicting ideology and circumstances. I resign from the Yogi cabinet of Uttar Pradesh due to the grossly neglectful attitude towards Dalits, OBCs, farmers, unemployed youth and small, and medium businessmen,” Maurya, a five-term MLA, tweeted along with his resignation letter.
Maurya, who was the Minister of Labor, Employment, Coordination in the UP government, has joined the Samajwadi Party.
He represents the Padrauna constituency of Uttar Pradesh.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav welcomed the senior leader into his party, saying there would be a “revolution of social justice”.
“Warm welcome and greetings to popular leader Swami Prasad Maurya Ji, who fought for social justice and equality and all the other leaders, workers and supporters who came with him in SP! There will be a revolution of social justice~ There will be change in 22,” Yadav tweeted, along with a picture of him and Maurya.
The political development comes weeks ahead of the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, which are scheduled to be held in seven phases starting on February 10. The results will be declared on March 10.
Hailing from the dominant OBC (Other Backward Classes), Maurya had quit Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and joined the BJP in 2016.