BSP chief quits for drawing blank

After failing to win a single seat for the party in the just concluded Assembly elections,Punjab state president of Bahujan Samaj Party,Avtar Singh Karimpuri,has resigned from the post on “moral grounds”.

Written by Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Jalandhar | Published: March 13, 2012 1:11 am

After failing to win a single seat for the party in the just concluded Assembly elections,Punjab state president of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP),Avtar Singh Karimpuri,has resigned from the post on “moral grounds”. BSP supremo Mayawati has accepted his resignation.

Karimpuri was made state BSP chief in January 2003, and was under fire from party cadres for not improving party’s tally in the state..

In recent elections too the BSP’s vote share in Doaba,considered party’s strong hold with 40 per cent of Dalit votes,has dipped from 13 to 12 per cent as compared to 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

“The state leadership was involved more in fulfilling their petty interests than doing any welfare towards the poor Dalit population,” said a senior BSP leader and added that in 1992 elections the party had nine MLAs from Doaba region which got reduced to just one in 1997 and this time it failed to win a single seat.

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