Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

Maya re-elected BSP president; slams UP, NDA govts

BSP chief Mayawati being welcomed by party senior leaders at a meeting held at the party head office in Lucknow on Saturday.  (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav) BSP chief Mayawati being welcomed by party senior leaders at a meeting held at the party head office in Lucknow on Saturday. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)
Written by Ramendra Singh | Lucknow | Posted: August 31, 2014 12:59 am

Mayawati was unanimously re-elected as BSP national president at a meeting of party’s central executive committee and state office-bearers from all state units held at her residence here on Saturday.

A party statement said the former UP chief minister was elected as national president after the elections were held according to the formalities of the BSP constitution.

Mayawati thanked all party office-bearers after her re-election and “promised to carry on the struggle to lead the movement towards its destination”, the statement added.

Mayawati has been the national president of the BSP since September 18, 2003, when she replaced the party’s founder-president Kanshi Ram.

Ahead of the meeting, she hit out at the Samajwadi Party government, saying most of its decisions were only in paper and did not result in any improvement in law and order or development.

“It is the habit of this government to get a decision cleared by the Cabinet and then publicise it. These decisions hardly help anyone on the ground,” she said while talking about the state government’s decision to set up fast-track courts for crimes against women.

Mayawati alleged cane farmers were suffering in the state as the SP government is hand-in-glove with the sugar mill owners.

She said Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s visit to the Netherlands to attract investment will not bring any change as there are many small and middle industries in UP that need to be promoted.

Mayawati also attacked the NDA government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

She claimed the Centre’s new Pradhanmantri Jan Dhan Yojana, which provides for a free zero balance bank account with a debit card, Rs 1 lakh accidental insurance and Rs 30,000 medical insurance, will not help the poor because it is very difficult to get the insurance claims processed, and alleged that the NDA government has continued schemes started by previous governments for financial assistance of poor.
Responding to the allegations against Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s son, Mayawati said: “With this type of incident you can yourself predict what is going to happen to the BJP.”

She said she will hold a meeting of party’s office-bearers and workers Sunday where the rise in incidents of communal violence ever since BJP came to power and the law and order situation in UP will be discussed.

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