A first: BSP MLA N Mahesh to join Kumaraswamy govt in K’taka today
For the first time outside UP, BSP will be part of the government since its formation in 1984.Updated: Jun 06, 2018 12:58 IST
After playing a pivotal role in the Janata Dal (S)-Congress post-poll alliance, as well as the formation of the coalition government, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is all set to join the alliance government in Karnataka.
Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy will expand his two-member cabinet today. Along with 20 new ministers, lone BSP MLA N Mahesh, will be inducted into Kumaraswamy cabinet.
For the first time outside UP, BSP will be part of the government since its formation in 1984. Senior BSP leaders, national general secretary SC Mishra and in-charge of southern states Ashok Siddharth are likely to attend the oath ceremony.
There was hectic parleys and bargaining between the JD (S), Congress and BSP leaders on Tuesday for a share in the government. Sources said the Congress will get a major share in the government. BSP chief Mayawati and SC Mishra had several rounds of talks with top Congress and JD (S) leaders over the issue.
JD (S) national general secretary Danish Ali said BSP was a pre-poll ally. To strengthen the alliance the lone MLA of the BSP will be inducted in the ministry, he said.
Mayawati had attended the oath ceremony of Kumaraswamy on May 23.
The BSP opened its account in Karnataka by securing victory on Kollegal assembly seat. N Mahesh defeated his nearest rival AR Krishna Murthy of Congress by margin of 19,454 votes. “Mahesh who is president of BSP’s Karanataka unit had rejected the BJP’s offer to support BS Yeddyurappa. He told them to contact party national president Mayawati. Mahesh got the reward of his loyalty to the BSP chief and JD (S),” a senior BSP leader said.
Mayawati had played important role in stitching JD (S)-Congress alliance when it became clear that there will fractured result.
Political observer RK Gautam said though BSP was a small player in the Karnataka, the formation of a non-BJP government has added to the stature of Mayawati. The ministerial berth in Karnataka government has given a boost to Mayawati’s strategy, he said.
After three consecutive defeats in 2012 assembly election, 2014 Lok Sabha election and 2017 assembly election Mayawati is opting for alliance politics to regain the lost ground.
After Karnakata, the BSP chief is now gearing the party for electoral battle in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh where assembly elections are due this year-end.
She is camping in Delhi to finalize candidates for the assembly elections in three states as well as giving final touches to the strategy for the crucial 2019 Lok Sabha election.