After the show of strength by former BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya, rebel leader RK Chaudhary has announced his plans to organise a "grand rally" on 26 July - to mark the birth anniversary of Chattrapari Shahuji Maharaj.
"A grand rally will be organised at Maharaj Bijli Pasi Qila under the aegis of Bahujan Samaj Swabhiman Sangharsh Samiti (BS-4)," Chaudhary announced on 11 July.
The rally will be held close on the heels of a meeting convened on 1 July by Maurya, which was attended by 25-30 former MLAs, MPs and ministers who had either quit or been expelled by BSP.
Maurya, who had hinted at floating a new political outfit after he quit the BSP has claimed the support of over 10 sitting BSP MLAs. Maurya - who alleged that Mayawati was auctioning tickets for 2017-Assembly elections - claimed that the sitting MLAs were "in touch with him and would come out in the open at an opportune time".
Renewing his attack on Mayawati, Chaudhary alleged that the BSP chief had converted the organisation into "her private real estate company".
The campaign for social change started by Kanshi Ram has lost its steam under the leadership of Mayawati, he said. "Party workers are demoralised as to what would happen with the party and Kanshi Ram's mission. God knows who is giving such suggestions to Mayawati," he said.
Chaudhary alleged that instead of dedicated workers, importance was being given to capitalists ignoring Kanshi Ram's ideology. He also said that he had met Maurya, to work out a strategy which he declined to divulge.
Maurya belongs to other backward caste (OBC) while Chaudhary is a Dalit, the two important votebanks of BSP, which suffered a fresh jolt over the weekend when former MLA and Brahmin leader Ravindra Nath Tripathi quit, alleging that Mayawati has been "blinded by greed for money".--PTI