After the election drubbing of the two regional powerhouses – Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party (SP) and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) – in Uttar Pradesh, came the revamp on Tuesday.
The BSP chief sacked all zonal coordinators of the party and dissolved all frontal organisations and zonal and district units, while chief minister Akhilesh Yadav sacked 36 party leaders, who held posts of chairman, vice-chairman and advisor in different government bodies. Those sacked included 32 leaders of cabinet minister or minister of state rank.
Some ministers of the Akhilesh Yadav government might face the axe too, once party chief Mulayam completes his review. Six ministers of Akhilesh Yadav government had contested and lost the Lok Sabha election. Their performance has come up for a review now.
The decision to sack came soon after a meeting of the state cabinet called by the CM at his Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan Annexe office here on Tuesday.
Asked if he would follow in the footsteps of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and resign, Akhilesh said, “Uttar Pradesh has different political equations. It cannot be compared to other states.” He also rubbished reports that he walked out of a cabinet meet on Monday.
At a review meeting, Mayawati issued a ‘perform or perish’ warning to senior party leaders. Mayawati had summoned leaders from all over the country to discuss the party’s no-show in the LS elections and to chalk out future action plan. Mayawati will meet UP leaders for further deliberations on Wednesday.
“Dalits were fully with the BSP and its movement,” said Mayawati and added, had the party got support from other communities, the BJP wouldn’t have achieved such a success. A Muslim BSP leader disagreed. “It was not possible to get 20% vote share without the support of other communities,” he told HT on the condition of anonymity.
Prof Badri Narain Tiwari of GB Pant Social Science Institute Allahabad said of the total 21% Dalit vote, there was migration of substantial percentage of Pasis, Kori, and Dhobis to the BJP. But the BSP’s core Jatav vote of 12% was intact, he said.
Mayawati also accused the BJP of misleading the people to win the elections.