Former chief minister Mayawati was unanimously re-elected national president of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) at the party's central executive committee (CEC) meeting here on Saturday.
Senior BSP leaders from various states participated in the central executive committee meeting. Rajya Sabha member Ambeth Rajan proposed the name of Mayawati for the party president's post and it was passed unanimously.
The party's national general secretary, SC Mishra announced that Mayawati had been re-elected national president for the third term. He called upon the party workers to spread the ideology of the BSP all over the country and ensure the victory of the party in the assembly elections.
After the re-election, Mayawati asked party leaders to gear up for the assembly elections in four states — Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir. The leaders of the state units of the four states were present at the meeting. Mayawati made it clear that the BSP would go it alone in these elections.
Talking to journalists before the meeting, Mayawati took dig at the Jan Dhan Yojana launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday. Mayawati said merely opening of a bank account for the poor people would not serve much purpose.
"The have-nots should get direct monetary benefits. The government has promised Rs. 1 lakh insurance money to the account holders but getting the insurance amount would be an arduous task for the poor people," she said.
The scheme will not assist the common people in meeting their daily needs and there was a need to give them direct economic benefits, she added. "My government had launched the 'UP Mukhyamantri Mahamaya Garib Arthik Madad Yojana' to give direct economic benefits to the poor masses," she added.
Mayawati hit out at the NDA government for withdrawing the schemes launched by the UPA government for the welfare of the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. BSP is keeping a close watch over the move made by the NDA government regarding the old schemes. Majority of the schemes are being put in cold, she said.
The BSP chief raised question over the trip of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to the Netherlands. UP has lots of potential to grow as an industrial state without external assistance, she said and added there was need to promote the local entrepreneurs and small scale industries. I did not visit foreign countries to woo the investors or study their development model. If the state government creates atmosphere, the industrialists would invest in UP, she said.
In reply to a question, Mayawati said establishment of fast track courts would not check crime against women. Rather than making castles in the air, the chief minister should do some groundwork, she opined.
Concrete steps should be taken to improve law and order, she said, adding that holding cabinet meetings and making announcements would not help the harassed lot. The state government was making announcements for the sake of publicity, she said.
Reacting to the allegations against Union home minister Rajnath Singh's son, Mayawati said one could well understand the fate of the party when the senior leaders were targeting each other.
She also demanded that state government clear the arrear of the sugarcane farmers.