Swami Prasad Maurya, former leader of the BSP, who quit the party accusing Mayawati of auctioning assembly tickets, seems to be heading towards the BJP.
The saffron party which is leaving no stones unturned, is eager to rope in the veteran leader who till recently was the OBC face of BSP.
Reports suggest that even before quitting BSP, Maurya was in talks with BJP and RSS leaders.
There are reports that he was in Delhi to hold talks with national leadership of the party after he quit BSP.
Soon after he resigned, an impression was created that he would join the ruling Samajwadi Party.
His earlier association with Mulayam Singh during the Lok Dal days triggered this speculation. CM Akhilesh Yadav termed him as right man in the wrong party.
But now it seems that Maurya’s long list of demands were not acceptable for the SP and the discussions seemed to have been wrapped up.
BJP on the other hand is very keen to have as many local leaders in their fold who could influence the caste ridden polity of the most populous state.
BJP has not decided the strategy of the party in the next year’s assembly election.
The national council, which met in Allahabad last week, also did not take any decision on whether to announce a chief ministerial candidate before the election.
More over the party leadership is now at loggerheads with the Varun Gandhi who is vying for the top post in the event of party coming into power. Varun Gandhi had skipped the meeting Amit Shah called after the national council meeting.
BJP national leaders think that Maurya could be useful like Himanata Biswa Sharma in Assam. A former leader of the Congress in Assam, Himanta Biswa Sharma played a vital role in BJP ‘s first ever win in a northeastern state.
Meanwhile rattled by the sudden decision of the Maurya to leave BSP, Mayawati convened the meeting of legislators on Saturday and tried to play down the incident. In the meeting she termed it as good riddance.
She told her legislators at a meeting in the state capital that the party would not be affected in any way by Maurya’s parting ways with the BSP.
“He was never a core party man any time who was behind the ideology of the party but was a loudmouth” she told her legislators. The BSP, she added, would never forgive the deceit of Maurya.
The four-time chief minister also predicted that like other deserters in the past, Maurya would also regret his “back stabbing” of the party.
“People who left our movement have been politically finished and the same fate awaits Swamy Prasad Maurya,” she added.
With BJP trying to make the election as the fight between them and SP, BSP is trying to tread cautiously.
With the loss of an OBC face, the party is forced to chalk out its strategy carefully to influence different sections of the society.