Party overhauling organisational structure, weeding out ‘inactive’ leaders
A pooling of votes polled in the 2013 Madhya Pradesh assembly election show that the BJP tally would have reduced by 41 seats had the Congress and BSP come together.
The BSP supremo’s move came hours after Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav and founder Mulayam Singh Yadav vacated their official residences and shifted to bungalows located at Sultanpur Road.
Mayawati said she was forced to send the keys along with a letter through the post as estates officer Yogesh Kumar Shukla refused to receive them.
BSP chief Mayawati had also made it clear that the tie-up with the Samajwadi Party would continue until 2019 asserting that such an alliance was necessary to “rout the common and bigger adversary, the Bharatiya Janata Party”.
Mayawati, whose recent strategic shift to support regional rival Samajwadi Party to oust BJP bore positive results in Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha bypolls, also remarked upon the possibility of contesting future legislative assembly elections in alliances.
In Gorakhpur and Phulpur, BSP had openly announced support to SP candidates and BSP leaders had appealed for votes. But in the Kairana bypoll, BSP has not issued any appeal yet.
By sharing the stage with other leaders in Karnataka, she signals an important rethink within the BSP.
Mayawati was allotted Bungalow 6 after she demitted office as CM in 1995; when she was back as CM (2007-2012), she got 13A which she merged with Bungalow 6. Bungalow 9A is a non-government property where, according to the BSP office-bearer, she will move to.
“I want to suggest to the Congress that it should not use language for its political expediency during election campaigns that end up benefiting the BJP and RSS,” Mayawati said in a written statement issued on Thursday.
Six former chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh — Narayan Dutt Tiwari, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Kalyan Singh, Mayawati, Rajnath Singh and Akhilesh Yadav — currently occupy prime government properties in Lucknow.
Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati questioned the “silence” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top BJP leaders and said the incident was only a fresh example of the saffron party’s new found love for Dalits.
Alleging that both the SP and the BSP “thrive on caste politics”, Tripathi said, “The election tours made to Karnataka by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati are simply political tourism.”
2018 Elections: In February, the BSP announced an alliance with JD(S) for the polls in Karnataka, where Dalits comprise nearly 20 per cent of the population. The BSP will contest on 22 seats, including seven dominated by Dalits.
Mayawati said she had demanded constitutional amendments for the purpose but her demands are yet to be accepted.