After poll drubbing, Mayawati sets sights on Delhi
Ashish Tripathi, TNN Mar 10, 2012, 09.37PM IST
(Mayawati has called a meeting of party coordinators on March 11 in
which she is expected to discuss the reasons of BSP's poll debacle and
to draw further strategy, particularly for the Lok Sabha elections
scheduled in 2014.)
LUCKNOW: BSP chief Mayawati has decided to continue with her 'sarvjan'
policy (social engineering) despite drubbing in the recent elections.
She also seems to have decided to move to national politics, at least
till next Lok Sabha elections. This came to the fore on Wednesday at a
meeting of party leaders in which Mayawati distributed
responsibilities of leading the party in the state among Muslim,
brahman, dalit and backward class leaders. After defeat in polls, many
described that her social engineering had failed.
BSP state president Swami Prasad Maurya was elected leader of the
party's legislature group. Maurya has won the assembly seat from
Padrauna in Kushinagar district. He will also be the leader of the
opposition in the state assembly as BSP has emerged as the second
largest party. Naseemuddin Siddiqui was made leader of the party in
the legislative council. Though it was clear that Swami would be made
the leader of BSP in the assembly, there were doubts that Naseemuddin
Siddiqui would be given the responsibility in after being indicted by
the Lokayukt for corruption. But his selection shows that he still
enjoys Mayawati's trust.
Gurucharan Dinkar, who won from Naraeni seat of Banda, has been made
deputy leader of BSP legislature group. Former energy minister in
Mayawati government Ramveer Upadhaya will be party's chief whip in the
assembly, while another former minister Vedram Bhati will shoulder the
responsibility of the whip. No leader close to SC Mishra, BSP's
Brahmin face, has got any position in state legislature party. Sources
said that very few MLAs of his group have won elections this time. In
2007, when Mishra had successfully brought brahmans close to BSP
leading to victory in the elections, all leaders close to him got good
positions in the government.
However, this time Mishra's close aide, lawyer Gopal Narayan Mishra,
has been made deputy leader in the legislative council. Sunil Kumar
Chittod has been made chief whip and Vinay Shakya will be the whip.
Former minister Indrajeet Saroj, who won from Manjhanpur constituency
of Kaushambi, has been treasurer of the state legislative party.
Mayawati told party leaders not to be disappointed by assembly
elections results and continue to work for the BSP's cause. She
exhorted MLAs to boldly face 'SP government's politics of vendetta'
and raise their voices at proper fora but under no circumstances take
law in his/her hand.
Mayawati is at present member of the state legislative council. But
Behenji has not taken the responsibility of heading the legislative
council group of the party, indicating that she would go to the Rajya
Sabha, elections for which will be held later this month. The BSP has
won only 80 seats in the assembly elections, hence it can elect only
two members for the Rajya Sabha. The name of Mayawati's close aide and
cabinet secretary in her government is also being taken for the Rajya
Sabha nomination. Earlier, in 2004, Mayawati after losing power to SP
in the state had moved to the national politics by getting herself
nominated for the Rajya Sabha.
Mayawati has called a meeting of party coordinators on Sunday in which
she is expected to discuss the reasons of BSP's poll debacle and to
draw further strategy, particularly for the Lok Sabha elections
scheduled in 2014.
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