Firozabad: In a fresh jolt to the BJP, Dr. Mukesh Verma, MLA from Shikohabad Assembly constituency here, on Thursday resigned from the primary membership of the party alleging ‘lack of respect’ by the government towards backward classes and Dalits.
Verma is the seventh legislator, including two ministers, to have resigned from the BJP over the last three days.
“Since the voices of the backward classes, Dalits, unemployed youth, traders of medium and small scale industries and shopkeepers among others are being ignored, I am resigning from the primary membership of the party,” Verma stated in a letter to the BJP state president Swatantra Dev Singh.
“Nobody listens to us,” Mr Verma told NDTV, refusing to reveal whether he was moving to the Samajwadi Party.
He said that he will continue the ‘fight for justice’ under Other Backward Classes (OBC) leader Swami Prasad Maurya.
Maurya, after resigning from the Yogi Adityanath-led cabinet on Tuesday, had alleged “gross neglect” by the BJP towards Dalits, backward classes, farmers, unemployed youth, and small traders.
Verma, also an OBC leader, also sent a copy of the letter to the party’s national president JP Nadda. There are speculations that he will join the Samajwadi Party (SP).
In the recent past, Verma had met SP leaders amid rumours that the BJP would not field him in the upcoming polls.
Avtar Singh Bhadana, Brijesh Kumar Prajapati, Roshan Lal Varma, Bhagwati Sagar and Vinay Shakya are the five other leaders that quit the BJP in the last 36 hours. ]
(With inputs from PTI)