A second minister, Dara Singh Chauhan, has stop Yogi Adityanath’s cupboard in Uttar Pradesh, persevering with a flurry of exits that began with Swami Prasad Maurya’s shock resignation yesterday. That is the second OBC (Different Backward Class) chief to stop staff Yogi simply earlier than the Uttar Pradesh election subsequent month.
Mr Chauhan, from japanese UP, was the minister for atmosphere and forests within the Adityanath authorities and had joined the BJP in 2015, after years within the Bahujan Samaj Social gathering (BSP). He was made the pinnacle of the BJP’s OBC Morcha – a plum publish, after which a minister after he gained the 2017 meeting election. When in BSP, Mr Chauhan was a Lok Sabha MP between 2009-14 and a Rajya Sabha MP within the late 90’s.
“It can’t be that I say one thing on in the future after which resign the subsequent day. I hoped my voice can be heard in the end. However when issues got here to the purpose that nobody was prepared to hearken to me, I needed to resign,” Mr Chauhan instructed wantpassport when requested why he was quitting simply earlier than the elections.
In an enormous blow to the BJP because it seeks re-election in India’s most politically important state, two ministers and 4 MLAs have stop thus far and are set to hitch the Samajwadi Social gathering of Akhilesh Yadav.
“I labored with dedication however I’m resigning as I’m harm by this authorities’s oppressive angle in the direction of the backward, disadvantaged sections, Dalits, farmers and unemployed youth and the neglect of quota for the backward and Dalits,” Mr Chauhan wrote in his resignation letter, utilizing virtually the identical language as Swami Prasad Maurya.
On cue, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya put out a tweet urging Mr Chauhan to rethink the transfer.
“If any member of the family strays, it is extremely unhappy. I can solely attraction to the revered leaders who’re going, please do not get on a sinking ship or will probably be their loss. Massive brother Dara Singh, please rethink your choice,” Keshav Maurya wrote.
He had made an analogous attraction to Swami Prasad Maurya, who resigned yesterday, setting off a nosebleed within the BJP of OBC or backward caste leaders.
The exits are blowing a gap within the BJP’s OBC management earlier than an election the place the occasion’s primary challenger is Akhilesh Yadav and backward votes are important.
Mr Chauhan is probably going following the BSP-BJP-Samajwadi Social gathering circuit like 5 others earlier than him.
The resignations started on Tuesday with Swami Prasad Maurya delivering the primary blow. 4 MLAs adopted – Roshan Lal Verma, Brijesh Prajapati, Bhagwati Sagar and Vinay Shakya.
“My transfer has prompted a bhuchaal (earthquake) within the BJP,” Mr Maurya boasted in an interview to wantpassport, claiming that extra ministers and MLAs would depart the occasion together with him.
Shortly after Mr Maurya posted his resignation letter on Twitter, Samajwadi Social gathering chief Akhilesh Yadav tweeted a photograph with him, welcoming him and his supporters to his occasion.
The BJP management, shocked by the exodus of strategically vital OBC (Different Backward Class) leaders, has tasked Keshav Prasad Maurya with persuading the rebels to vary their thoughts.
Mr Maurya was one of many BJP’s most outstanding backward leaders and was key to the occasion’s technique of reeling in non-Yadav OBC voters within the UP election, as a counter to Akhilesh Yadav.
Final yr, these leaders had been a part of a gaggle that had revolted towards Yogi Adityanath and had complained to the management about his working type and his “conceitedness”.
Although the BJP despatched a central staff to take suggestions and recommend adjustments, nothing got here of the efforts and the occasion opted for establishment.
Mr Maurya had additionally met with Union Residence Minister Amit Shah two months in the past.