Lucknow: Sharpening his tirade against Mayawati, BJP leader Swami Prasad Maurya on Wednesday alleged that the BSP supremo was "goddess of corruption" who auctioned tickets for elections and not the goddess of Dalits.
"The huge crowd which has assembled here is an indicator that BSP and its supremo are wallowing in the filth of political corruption," the former BSP leader said.
Maurya was addressing BJP workers at the party office, his first such interaction after he joined the saffron party in Delhi on Monday in the presence of BJP chief Amit Shah.
A number of BSP leaders, including sitting and former MLAs, ex-MLCs and others joined BJP in the presence of Swami, state BJP president Keshav Prasad Maurya, general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak and MLA Gopalji Tandon.
"I gave 20 years to BSP but saw that Mayawati only tutored lessons of corruption. She calls herself 'devi' of Dalits but in reality she is goddess of corruption," Maurya said.
He accused Mayawati of accepting donations in lakhs and crores of rupees by terming herself a goddess.
"I tried to make her understand, but she became blind in her lust for money. She auctioned tickets right from the bottom to top," he said.
He alleged that BSP workers, who served the organisation without any ambition, felt insulted and were forced to work as bonded labourers.
Maurya also lashed out at the state's Samajwadi Party government, saying 'goondaraj' prevailed in Uttar Pradesh and criminals were calling the shots.
"There has been a rise in incidents of rape, murder, loot, dacoity and other crimes. If (Ram Manohar) Lohia were alive, he would either dismiss the government or commit suicide," he said.