Faced With Exodus, Mayawati To Bring In 'Dedicated' BSP Workers Ahead Of 2019 General Polls

| February 25 , 2018 , 13:25 IST

Once the ruling party in Uttar Pradesh, former Chief Minister Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has been facing an exodus since the 2017 assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, with senior expelled leader Naseemudin Siddiqui joining the Congress a few days back. Around 150 leaders quit the BSP around the 2017 state assembly polls, out of which several are now BJP MLAs.

Facing a crushing defeat in the UP polls, BSP was also not able to secure any headway in the Himachal Pradesh elections last year, but is reportedly gearing up for the 2019 General Assembly elections.

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A BSP leader, quoted by News18, said that the work for reorganising the party from booth level to the top is going on and that the party chief is conducting meetings on a regular basis.

"The work is going on to bring the second line of leadership from among the cadres, who have been working with dedication since long, and prepare for the general elections early next year," he said.

The BSP leader added that the party is focusing on tapping the energy and enthusiasm of young workers associated the BSP and are hard-working.

"They are being given importance in the set-up. The young leaders are apt in communication in the present day scenario and convey the party message while motivating voters, especially of their own age group," the BSP leader was quoted as saying.

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"Booth committees will be reorganised and members of backward, upper caste and Muslim communities, besides the Dalits, will most likely get adequate representation in the committees...missionary workers will be adjusted in the organisation and they will get priority in ticket allocation," he said.

Meanwhile, Mayawati is also said to be holding meetings with leaders in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, the states which are going to polls this year. In Karnataka, the BSP has entered into a pre-poll alliance with Janata Dal (S).

Regarding a pre-poll alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the BSP leader said, "The party chief had made known her views that her party will go into a pre-poll alliance only when the offer made to her is a concrete one as well as honourable. Else, the BSP will go alone and there is no change in it as of now."