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BSP gears up for workers’ conference in Meerut

The BSP supporters have launched a massive campaign on the social media to mobilise party workers for the conference.

lucknow Updated: Sep 11, 2017 17:02 IST
Rajesh Kumar Singh
Rajesh Kumar Singh
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
BSP,Workers conference,Uttar Pradesh

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is planning a show of strength in its divisional workers’ conference which will be inaugurated by party president Mayawati in Meerut on September 18.

The BSP supporters have launched a massive campaign on the social media to mobilise party workers for the conference.

Though the BSP has no official account on any social media platform, the supporters have started Twitter accounts such as ‘Behan Mayawati’, ‘Bhaujan Samaj India’, ‘Dalit News Network’, ‘Bahujan Bharat’ and ‘Bahujan Yuva’ to call upon BSP supporters to attend the conference.

Some of the supporters have launched ‘Meerut Chalo’ campaign on the social media.

Mayawati is also holding regular meetings with party leaders at her official residence to review the preparation for the conference.

The meet will also mark the launch of the BSP campaign for the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

Mayawati is screening candidates for the 80 Lok Sabha seats and is appointing them as in-charge of the Lok Sabha seats as well. The candidates have been entrusted with the task of transporting party workers to the rally ground on September 18.

A BSP leader said the conference might announce a bigger role for Mayawati’s brother Anand Kumar, who has been appointed national vice-president of the party, and her nephew Akash who has completed MBA from a foreign university.

“To win over the youths, Mayawati has planned to promote Akash in the organisation and also assign him a bigger role in politics,” he said.

Mayawati, who resigned from the Rajya Sabha on July 18 for not being allowed to speak on Dalit atrocities, is planning to highlight the sacrifice that she made for the community.

After the rebellion by senior leaders rattled the party, Mayawati plans to send across the message that despite the revolts she enjoys the support of party workers.

The conference has been strategically planned in west UP which has a large Muslim population.

Addressing party workers in a meeting organised last month, Mayawati called for Muslim-Dalit unity. “Under the BSP rule, Dalits and Muslims are being targeted by the saffron brigade. Both the communities will have to come together to fight for their rights,” she had said.

“To safeguard the rights of Dalits and the poor, I resigned from the Rajya Sabha on July 18. I have decided to launch a countrywide agitation against the NDA,” he added.

After Meerut, the party will hold meetings on the 18th day of every month. These conferences, to be held at the divisional level and in assembly segments, are likely to continue till next year. The BSP will also organise demonstrations on public issues in UP and other states.

Mayawati has upset the plan of opposition parties to form anti-BJP alliance by turning down the proposal to attend the ‘BJP Bhagao, Desh Bachao’ rally organised by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in Patna on August 27.

Questioning the efforts of opposition parties to form a secular alliance to challenge the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Mayawati said the parties should finalise the seat-sharing formula before forging a pre-poll alliance.

“The durability of an alliance is dependent on the distribution of seats among partners. The tussle of seat sends wrong signal to the people and will benefit the BJP,” she said.

The opposition has not lost hope and has offered her to contest by-poll on Phulpur Lok Sabha seat that will be vacated by deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya after his election to legislative council on Friday. Mayawati is yet to open her cards.

Mayawati earlier announced that she would not contest the election and the BSP would not field a candidate in the by-polls. She might support the opposition candidate.

First Published: Sep 11, 2017 17:02 IST