18 Dec 2023

UP Politics: What SP leader Swami Prasad Maurya said about EVMs, Sanatan Dharma, Shahi Idgah complex survey?

Swami Prasad Maurya, a leader of the Samajwadi Party, asserted that the BJP secured victory in the recent state assembly elections and the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections through the 'misuse' of electronic voting machines (EVMs). 

Criticizing the BJP, Maurya also remarked that those who claim to uphold Sanatan Dharma lack a true understanding of its essence. He emphasized that the Samajwadi Party is more aligned with Sanatan values. Maurya, who switched from the BJP to the SP in January the previous year and currently serves as the national general secretary of the SP, made these remarks while addressing journalists in the Rasra area of Ballia district on Sunday.

Manipulation of EVMs led to BJP's victories

Maurya attributed the BJP's success in the assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh to the alleged misuse of EVMs, asserting that it was not Prime Minister Modi or his charisma but rather the manipulation of EVMs that led to their victories. He contended that if EVMs had not been exploited, the BJP would have faced defeat in Uttar Pradesh during the 2022 assembly elections.

"They merely imitate and do not grasp the true essence of eternal truth"

Regarding the concept of Sanatan Dharma, Maurya responded to a question by stating, "Those who tout the principles of Sanatan Dharma lack an understanding of its meaning." He explained that Sanatan Dharma is a term derived from Lord Buddha's teachings, emphasizing the eternal nature of truth. Maurya criticized those who claim to follow Sanatan Dharma, stating that they merely imitate and do not grasp the true essence of eternal truth.

Threat to communal harmony 

Discussing the Idgah survey, Maurya expressed concerns about potential disruptions to communal harmony due to religious institutions. He referenced the approval by the Allahabad High Court for the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) survey of the Shahi Idgah complex following the Krishna Janmabhoomi and the Gyanvapi controversy.

When addressing the role of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Uttar Pradesh, Maurya praised him as the architect of opposition unity, highlighting his role in initiating the India Alliance. Regarding the possible participation of BSP chief Mayawati in the 'India' alliance, Maurya emphasized that Mayawati would make the decision herself, stating that they have no authority to offer advice in this matter.

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