Sensing the mood of her partys newly-elected MLAs,BSP president Mayawati on Monday ended all speculation on her former cabinet secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh being sent to the Rajya Sabha as the partys candidate. She told a meeting of MLAs that she would not send any former bureaucrat or capitalist to the Rajya Sabha.
The Rajya Sabha elections for 10 seats in UP will be held on March 30. The last date for filing nomination papers is March 19.
With its present strength of 80 MLAs,the BSP is in a position to send at least two candidates to the Rajya Sabha. While Mayawati herself is a likely candidate for one seat,Singhs name was doing the rounds for the second seat.
Most MLAs are unhappy with Singh,who is reported to have run the state on Mayawatis behalf. One MLA openly asked Mayawati to look into the bureaucrats role in the partys poll debacle at yesterdays meeting. Mayawati pacified him by saying she always kept bureaucrats under tight control, said a party worker.
BSP sources said the second nominee could be party coordinator Munkad Ali. She appreciated Munkads performance in western UP. She also said she would send one person from the minority community,besides one from the SC,to the Rajya Sabha, the source added.
Mayawati also held a separate meeting with party coordinators and discussed plans for strengthening the partys base. She indicated that she would include people from upper castes,particularly Brahmins,in the partys main body. Earlier,upper castes people were accommodated in the partys bhaichara committees. Now they may be included in the new teams of party coordinators, said a party leader.
Mayawati told her party coordinators that she would hold meetings of senior functionaries deployed at the zone level every month.