BSP supremo Mayawati lashed out at former party member Swami Prasad Maurya on Wednesday saying he didn’t rise above nepotism and has done a favour by quitting the party.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Mayawati said the party was happy that Maurya left, otherwise they would have asked him to leave.

In a major development, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Swamy Prasad Maurya, leader of the opposition in the Uttar Pradesh assembly, quit the party on Wednesday saying he felt “suffocated”.

He levelled a slew of charges against party chief Mayawati, saying he was deserting the party because Mayawati was “selling” party tickets.

Mayawati has mortgaged the principles and ideology of the party founded by the late Kanshi Ram, he added.

Maurya, however, thanked Mayawati for giving him plum posts in the party and said he had discussed various issues bothering him with her last year but found that she was not interested in course correction.

Maurya said he will disclose his future strategy in some days.

Maurya is leader of Opposition in state Assembly and his resignation from party post has given a set back to BSP poll preparations because he was a major backward castes face of the party.

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