BSP rebels plan to float political party to challenge Mayawati
Former national general secretary of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Naseemuddin Siddiqui has started a campaign to unite the rebels.lucknow Updated: Aug 09, 2017 15:32 IST
The BSP rebels have decided to float a political party to challenge Mayawati and bring disgruntled elements on a single platform.
Former national general secretary of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Naseemuddin Siddiqui has started a campaign to unite the rebels.
After breaking ties with the BSP, Siddiqui had floated a non-political organisation Rashtriya Bahujan Morcha which was joined by leaders close to him.
With an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Siddiqui has started working on the plan to launch a political party. He has organised meetings in west UP districts and in Delhi to motivate the supporters to make inroads into the BSP’s vote bank.
About a dozen Dalit, Backward and Muslim organisations active in the region have extended support to the outfit.
“We are in touch with the BSP rebels in neighbouring states and some of them have given their consent to join our political party,” said an aide of Siddiqui.
Former BSP MP Pramod Kureel has been entrusted with the task of wooing rebel leaders in UP and neighbouring states.
The revolt by Indrajit Saroj, a close associate of Mayawati, has proved to be a shot in the arm for the rebels. Saroj has decided to hold a meeting near Bijli Pasi Qila on August 13 to announce his future course of action.
Sources said Saroj might join hands with Siddiqui to give momentum to the anti-BSP front.
Dalbara Singh, younger brother of BSP founder Kanshi Ram, has already given his consent to join the political party to be launched by Siddiqui.
Singh had attended a meeting called by Siddiqui on July 15. Rebel BSP leaders including Pramod Kureel, Raghunath Prasad Sankhwar, Raghuvir Singh, OP Singh, Arthar Khan, Dharampal Singh and several senior leaders were present in the meeting.
Former minister KK Gautam and former OSD of Mayawati Ganga Ram Ambedkar, who have launched a non-political outfit, are also likely to join hands with Siddiqui.
The rebels have decided to organise meetings across the state to counter BSP workers’ conference starting from September 18. Mayawati will attend the conference to boost the morale of party workers.
“If Mayawati decides to contest Lok Sabha by-poll from Phulpur seat, the rebels will oppose her by organising rallies and meetings in the constituency,” a rebel BSP leader said.
First Published: Aug 09, 2017 15:32 IST