A seventh BJP MLA Mukesh Verma on Thursday quit the party as exits continued for the third day from Uttar Pradesh’s ruling party ahead of the state assembly polls.
Posting his resignation on Twitter, Mukesh Verma surfaced at the home of Swami Prasad Maurya, who started the exodus.
Mukesh Verma is an MLA from Firozabad in Uttar Pradesh, who is also an OBC (Other Backward Class) leader like Swami Prasad Maurya and four others who had quit the saffron party in the last three days.
In his resignation letter, Verma blamed the party for neglecting backward castes in UP, calling Swami Prasad Maurya “the voice of the oppressed” and “our leader”.
“The BJP government in the past five years did not pay any attention to Dalits, backward castes and minorities and disrespected people’s representatives,” he wrote in his letter.
The MLA said that the state government has oppressed Dalits, backward castes. Farmers, unemployed youth and small and medium industries. “Because of these policies I am quitting the party . Swami Prasad Maurya is the voice of the oppressed and our leader. I am with him.”