Lucknow: Two BSP legislators of Uttar Pradesh today openly revolted against the party and alleged that they have been asked to deposit Rs 4 crore to...
Lucknow: Two BSP legislators of Uttar Pradesh today openly revolted against the party and alleged that they have been asked to deposit Rs 4 crore to Rs 5 crore to secure party ticket for the coming assembly polls in the state. Claiming that BSP president Mayawati could become the Prime Minister of the country if she shed her greed for money, the two sitting MLAs alleged that her hunger for money has sent 50 per cent of the current legislators into depression. Romi Sahani, Palia MLA from Lakhimpur Kheri district and Brajesh Verma, Mallawa MLA in Hardoi district alleged that Ms Mayawati's lust for money had derailed the dreams of BSP founder Kanshi Ram and dalit ideologue Dr B R Ambedkar. The allegations from two BSP MLAs come after similar charges were made by senior party leader Swami Prasad Maurya and R K Choudhury after they left the party.
The MLAs here today disclosed that they were asked to meet Ms Mayawati on July 6 when Romi was asked to give Rs 5 crore and Brajesh of Rs 4 crore so that their tickets could be finalised. "I was asked to give Rs 3 crore immediately so that another candidate one Sardarjee could be given back his Rs 3 crores and another Rs 2 crore within next few days. But I refused and pleaded before Behejni that I am working for the people and investing all my money towards the welfare of the people. But she did not relent," said Romi. Similarly, Brajesh alleged that he was also called just two hours after Romi, and Mayawati had demanded Rs 4 crore for the Mallawa seat. " But I also refused to give the money," he said. Both the leaders further disclosed, that Ms Mayawati also asked them not to contest the assembly polls and even suggested that they could contest from Lakhimpur Kheri Lok Sabha seat in 2019."
How could we both contest from the same seat on BSP ticket. It is just a gimmick by the BSP president," they said. They said that during the 2012 assembly polls, they did not pay anything to Ms. Mayawati for the ticket but within 5 years everything has changed and now she was only concern for money and not for the party's future. Senior BSP leader and former Rajya Sabha member Brajesh Pathak is slated to be the BSP candidate for Mallawa seat. However, both the MLAs refused that they are leaving the party and joining some other political outfit. "we are just raising our voice so that Ms Mayawati could mend her ways and she was defaming the party and the political system by taking money to give tickets. Even as rickshawala and a school going child knows that Mayawati was minting money by selling the tickets," they claimed. But on the other hand, both the MLAs condemned the statement of expelled BJP leader Dayashanker Singh for making derogatory remarks against Ms.
Mayawati but on the other hand also criticised the BSP leaders for raising slogans against the family members of the leader in Lucknow. "The act of the BSP leaders have degraded the political system and we have decided to support the Dayashanker's family on the matter," they said. When asked that recently they were re-admitted to the party after being expelled, the legislators said that they were forced to sign a paper that they have apologized and would not indulge in indiscpline. "As per Ms. Mayawati, our only fault was that we had met Jugal Kishore, who had joined BJP after which we were expelled but later it was withdrawn," they said while announcing that no one can stop them to meet anyone either it would be Jugal Kishore, or even rebel BSP leader R K Choudhury and Swami Prasad Maurya. Both the legislators also claimed that they had voted for the BSP candidate Ashok Sidharth openly as directed by the leadership and there was no violation of the whip. Meanwhile senior BSP leader Brajesh Pathak in a quick reaction on behalf of the party alleged that both the MLAs were expelled recently and were re-admitted after their written apology. "They were re-admitted in the party with a word that they won't be given assembly ticket. But now they are making wild allegation against the party leadership and were trying to get ticket from other parties," he said.
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