On Friday, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief announced Avtar Singh Karimpuri as the new president of the party's Punjab unit while Prakash Bharti was made the new state incharge. The incumbent president, Parkash Singh Jandali, has also been expelled from the party.
The Punjab unit of BSP was facing serious infighting. The BSP faced a crushing defeat in Punjab in the 2014 lok sabha elections after which, there was much hue and cry within the party and many members openly vented their frustration.
The entire Punjab BSP unit was dissolved and when at a district level meeting, former party in-charge of the state Narendra Kashyap was announcing the name of new district office bearers, an ugly scene pertained as supporters of former State party president Parkash Singh Jandali roughed him up on the stage.
BSP has already been reduced from a third force to a fizzed out voice in the state, as in the recently concluded parliament election no candidate of the party were able to garner enough vote, so as to save their security deposit. The incident of heckling only exposed the growing factionalism in the party and the dwindling control of its former in-charge Narendra Kashyap.
According to sources within the party, the recent ugly incidences have forced the party leadership to take harsh decisions to keep the party afloat in the region. There also have been stray incidents within the party where the members have acted on their own will, which was noticed by its top leadership.
Prakash-Bharti the newly elected party in-charge of Punjab said that to send out a strong message within the party, party supremo Mayawati has expelled Parkash Singh Jandaliand has appointed a new president in his place. "This step by the party chief will help the party to revive itself in the state", he added.