The former member of the Legislative Council (MLC) Mukul Upadhyay on Friday alleged that the Mayawati had demanded money in order to give him Lok Sabha ticket from Aligarh. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Supremo had been involved in such accusations from her party members, especially after demonetisation.
Mukul Upadhyay is the former BSP leader, the younger brother of the senior party member and former power minister Ramveer Upadhyay. The former BSP leader was expelled from the party due to a feud within the party among Upadhyaya brothers over the Lok Sabha seat of Aligarh constituency. Mukul Upadhyay was introduced in the BSP party by his brother Ramveer Upadhyay.
Mr Mukul Upadhyay claimed that BSP Supremo Mayawati has taken his brother’s side and sought 5 crores. Mukul Upadhyay has threatened to expose his brother and other bigwigs of the party.
After losing the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, BSP Supremo Mayawati has been accused of taking money for tickets and filling seats to muscle men who donate heavily to the party. This is not for the first time that someone has accused her, it seems that this has become the culture of the party. Mayawati is one of the hardest hit politicians in the wake of demonetisation and her absence from politics directs towards the ongoing feuds in her party over allegations of selling tickets for money.
Mayawati’s way of fundraising is known to everyone. The nature of allegation in the recent year raises grave questions on her integrity. Mayawati is facing political oblivion and she tries to find every possible way to come back. These allegations show her desperation to make a comeback. It is very important to understand that allegations for money are quite very normal in BSP. Palia MLA Romi Sahni and Mallawan MLA Brijesh Verma were suspended when they accused the party leadership of demanding “huge sums” for allotting tickets for the UP polls. These two MLA even questioned the party philosophy and alleged Mayawati of bringing a bad name to BSP and their ideals BR Ambedkar and Kanshi Ram.
Once hailed as the hero of Dalit Community, Mayawati is now cornered. It is perhaps the most crucial stage of her political career. This will be a big blow to Mayawati’s political ambitions in the upcoming assembly elections in key states like Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka and as well in the Lok-sabha elections in the year 2019. It seems the party feuds after the demonetisation has really shattered the comeback dream of Mayawati amid accusation of ticket-selling from party members.