Bahujan Samaj Party has elected Ex-JDS Danish Ali as its leader in Lok Sabha, while Mayawati’s brother Anand Kumar was appointed vice president of the party. BSP chief’s 24-year-old nephew Akash Anand and former party VP Ramji Gautam were chosen as BSP’s national coordinators.
These major restructuring comes ahead of the bypolls on 12 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh, with the party attempting to revive its cadre along with attracting the youth, as the party will be contesting alone in these bypolls.
The decision was taken at the National Convention of the BSP at party headquarters in Lucknow. All newly-elected MPs, MLAs and key post holders from all across the country attended the convention.
For those who don’t know Ali, A close aide of Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and former PM Deve Gowda, is considered instrumental in stitching the BSP-JDS alliance for the assembly polls. Ahead of Lok Sabha elections, he joined BSP.
Mayawati’s nephew’s increasing responsibilities in party is being considered crucial as it is speculated that he would be the front-runners to take over the party after the BSP chief. An MBA graduate from London, Akash made his first public appearance in 2016 when he accompanied Mayawati to Saharanpur.
Since then Akash has been actively participating in Party working and decisions along with Mayawati, nephew’s induction to the party was a part of Mayawati’s larger policy of attracting young voters towards the BSP this time.