Minister of Labour, Employment, and Coordination Swami Prasad Maurya resigned on January 11 2022, following him, Minister of Forest and Environment Dara Singh resigned on January 12.
Delhi: The trouble for the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh (UP) is on the pedestal as two cabinet ministers tendered their resignations. Both the ministers cited that the Yogi government neglected the welfare of the Dalits and backward class in the state.
Swami Prasad Maurya, who resigned on January 11, in his resignation letter to Governor Anandiben Patel alleged the neglect of Dalits, backward, farmers, unemployed and small traders” by the Yogi government.
दलितों, पिछड़ों, किसानों, बेरोजगार नौजवानों एवं छोटे-लघु एवं मध्यम श्रेणी के व्यापारियों की घोर उपेक्षात्मक रवैये के कारण उत्तर प्रदेश के योगी मंत्रिमंडल से इस्तीफा देता हूं। pic.twitter.com/ubw4oKMK7t— Swami Prasad Maurya (@SwamiPMaurya) January 11, 2022
After Maurya’s resignation, Akhilesh Yadav posted a photograph with him on Twitter, welcoming him to the SP fold. “Samajik nyay ka inquilab hoga, Bayis mein badlav hoga (Social justice will triumph, there will be change in 2022),” he wrote.
सामाजिक न्याय और समता-समानता की लड़ाई लड़ने वाले लोकप्रिय नेता श्री स्वामी प्रसाद मौर्या जी एवं उनके साथ आने वाले अन्य सभी नेताओं, कार्यकर्ताओं और समर्थकों का सपा में ससम्मान हार्दिक स्वागत एवं अभिनंदन!— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) January 11, 2022
सामाजिक न्याय का इंक़लाब होगा ~ बाइस में बदलाव होगा#बाइसमेंबाइसिकल pic.twitter.com/BPvSK3GEDQ
While there was no immediate response from Chief Minister Adityanath, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, in a Twitter post, said: “I am not aware of the reasons for which Swami Prasad Maurya Ji has resigned but it is my appeal to him to sit and talk. Decisions are taken in a hurry often turn out to be wrong.”
आदरणीय स्वामी प्रसाद मौर्य जी ने किन कारणों से इस्तीफा दिया है मैं नहीं जानता हूँ उनसे अपील है कि बैठकर बात करें जल्दबाजी में लिये हुये फैसले अक्सर गलत साबित होते हैं— Keshav Prasad Maurya (@kpmaurya1) January 11, 2022
Four other Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) who are supporters of Swami of in the state were said to have followed suit and quit the BJP. Another MLA, Mukesh Verma has resigned from the party citing the same reasons.
On January 12, Dara Singh Chauhan resigned from his post of the Minister of Forest and Environment in the Yogi Adityanath government. He resigned on Wednesday alleging the neglect of the backward classes and the Dalits by the government.
Chauhan, who served as the Forests and Environment minister, said he had worked with dedication for the past five years but Dalits, the OBCs and the unemployed did not get justice from the BJP government. “It was the poor who had made the government but others took all the advantage in the past five years,” PTI quoted him as saying.
Taking to Twitter, the Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav wrote, “Hearty welcome and greetings to Shri Dara Singh Chauhan Ji, the relentless fighter of the struggle for social justice. The SP and its allies will unite and take the movement of equality to its height… Eliminate discrimination! It is our collective resolve! Respect everyone — space for everyone.”
‘सामाजिक न्याय’ के संघर्ष के अनवरत सेनानी श्री दारा सिंह चौहान जी का सपा में ससम्मान हार्दिक स्वागत एवं अभिनंदन!— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) January 12, 2022
सपा व उसके सहयोगी दल एकजुट होकर समता-समानता के आंदोलन को चरम पर ले जाएँगे… भेदभाव मिटाएँगे! ये हमारा समेकित संकल्प है!
सबको सम्मान ~ सबको स्थान!#मेला_होबे pic.twitter.com/rGxMYUyvsd
Meanwhile, an arrest warrant has been issued against ex-UP minister Swami Prasad Maurya in a seven-year-old case, a day after he left the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Politics in Uttar Pradesh turned towards Mandal and Mandir issue. These have been the ideological poles in UP politics and if Mandal mobilizations helped bring caste identities to the fore and enabled political parties that spoke for the empowerment of Dalits and backward castes to win office, the BJP used the Mandir project to paper over the hierarchies within Hindu society and presented itself as the custodian of Hindu interests.
The interplay of Mandal and Mandir that has defined politics in the Hindi heartland since the 1990s may see a rerun in UP 2022. Meanwhile, amidst all the politics over the mandir, caste, and Hindutva, it was the Dalits and backward class that suffered.
The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data for 2020 for crimes against Dalits showed that Uttar Pradesh recorded 12,714 (25 percent) of the total cases. The NCRB data for 2019 showed that Uttar Pradesh accounted for a fourth of all crimes against Scheduled Castes.