In a major overhaul of the Uttar Pradesh unit of Bahujan samaj party, Mayawati‘s party selected leaders for different posts on Wednesday. Munquad Ali was appointed as state unit’s President. The party is said to be following its ideology of “sarvajan hitaaye, sarvajan sukhaye”.
The timing of the reshuffling comes at an important juncture when there are only a few days left for the upcoming by-poll elections for 12 assembly seats of Uttar Pradesh.
Earlier leader to hold the post of party president in state’s unit was RS Kushwaha. Kushwaha was selected for the post in May 2018. In 2019 elections, he lost the seat from Salempur to BJP’s Ravindra Kushwaha. The outgoing RS Kushwaha will now honor the post of General Secretary of BSP’s central unit.
On Wednesday, BSP replaced him by the former Rajya Sabha member, Munquad Ali who is an OBC (Other Backward Classes) leader. The party released a press note confirming the new appointments. The press note issued said that the move was done for ensuring “balance among all the sections of society”.
Another leader Danish Ali, elected from Amroha was removed from his post of party leader in Lok Sabha for promoting the representation of OBC. Danish Ali served the Janata Dal (Secular) for a long time before joining BSP. He was replaced by Jaunpur MP Shyam Singh Yadav, who happens to be a retired IAS officer and a first-time MP.
Ambedkar Nagar MP Ritesh Pandey has been made the deputy leader in the house.
The press note issued though retained one major post of the party, which is the office of Chief Whip of the party in the Lower house. Girish Chandra Jatav holds this post and will continue to do so.