Union minister Ramshankar Katheria on Monday said former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) general secretary Swami Prasad Maurya may soon join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Katheria said along with Maurya, many others too will join the BJP, as the BSP takes ₹5 crore for a ticket. However, Maurya has denied any such move and said people should avoid making such comments about his steps.
Katheria said, “Swami Prasad Maurya bahut jaldi BJP me ayenge. Aur bhi kai log aayenge kyun ki BSP me ticket ke Rs 5 crore dene padte hain (Maurya will join the BJP very soon. Many others too will join the BJP, as the BSP takes Rs 5 crore for a ticket)”.
The Union minister was also asked about the saffronisation of the education system and he said, “Arey bhagwakaran Hindustan me nahi, to kya Pakistan me hoga.” The minister added that ‘bhagwa’ stands for all those who worship ‘bhagwan’.
Meanwhile, Maurya denied any talks with the BJP and said he is not joining any party as of now. “My next step will be based on the decision of my supporters. I have called a meeting on July 1. We will decide whether we will be forming a new party or will join another political party. As I am not sure what I will do, I suggest that people avoid making any comment about my next step,” the former BSP leader said.
Recently, the Samajwadi Party (SP) virtually shut its doors on Swami Prasad Maurya, it is likely that the former BSP general secretary will join BJP after consulting with his supporters on July 1.
Senior leader of SP, Shivpal Yadav, on Sunday said Maurya had lost “his mental balance and needed treatment”. Shivpal, who is the younger brother of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, was apparently unhappy about Maurya being highly ambitious.